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Illinois College board votes to fund MAP Grant gap for third consecutive year


Jacksonville, Ill. – The Illinois College Board of Trustees unanimously agreed again on Friday, February 17, to two important initiatives in continual support to student success and access. They include:
  • replacing the State of Illinois MAP grants with institutional funds for current Illinois College students this year if the State does not fulfill its promise
  • providing Illinois College funds for the third consecutive year to cover potentially unfunded MAP grant money for new and returning students again next year
Statement from Illinois College:
As the first college in the state to grant degrees, Illinois College has focused on student success and access since 1829. At no point in the college’s 188-year history has there been a more tenuous time for families looking for college options in Illinois. By failing to pass a budget for Fiscal Year 2017, the State of Illinois has again abdicated its responsibility to thousands of students. Families and students are working hard to make higher education a reality while the State’s continued budget impasses puts their futures at risk by holding MAP grant funding hostage. Illinois College is dedicated to student success and access and will continue to do all we can during this challenging time to support our students.

These initiatives apply to currently enrolled and new, incoming first-year and transfer students. All MAP deadline and income eligibility requirements must still be met to qualify.

Illinois College encourages everyone to exercise their democratic obligation to make their voice heard to encourage elected officials to come together to pass a state budget that includes current and future funding of MAP grants. 

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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