Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Students lose MAP route, push for state funds - Julia Evelsizer, Daily Pantagraph

College students who formerly received state aid in the form of Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grants say the lack of a state budget has become a vicious cycle, affecting more than just their finances. Kyra Ester is a single mom of four studying business administration at Heartland Community College. She is a MAP grant recipient. As Heartland cut programs to absorb MAP costs for students, Ester’s hours working at the school library were reduced. “It created a ripple effect,” said Ester of Normal. “My future and my family’s future will be impacted if there is no state budget.”

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