Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Stopgap budget again leaves out MAP grants - KATE SCHOTT, Morris Herald-News

Some students and colleges still will be on the hook to find alternatives to pay college tuition, as Illinois’ stopgap budget takes care of outstanding balances from last school year but doesn’t address the upcoming one. State lawmakers reached an agreement June 30 on an interim budget to last until January, and Gov. Bruce Rauner signed it the same day. The spending plan was meant to get state bills paid through the end of the year. But when it comes to the Monetary Award Program – or MAP grants – the bills to be paid are from the fiscal year of July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. MAP grants are designed to help college students from low-income households afford tuition and fees.

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