I am writing to ask for your help in making the voice of Illinois College heard in Springfield this week by reminding our legislators of the importance of MAP grant funding.
The Illinois legislative session has not provided a full budget for the current year that ends on June 30, nor for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which begins on July 1. The MAP commitment due to Illinois College amounts to $1.7 million dollars per year, and we have received only one half of the amount due for the current fiscal year and, at present, no commitment of any funding for the upcoming year. While Illinois College has covered the remaining MAP fund balance for IC students in 2015-16, and will cover the MAP funding for 2016-17 if the State of Illinois does not fund this program, we need your help to advocate for MAP funding. This is a critical issue not only for Illinois College students, but for all students attending higher education institutions in the state.
Please contact your state representative and senator BY FRIDAY, JUNE 17, to strongly urge them to protect MAP funding.
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS:
1. To find the contact information for your state senator and representative CLICK HERE
, and enter your zip code in the top box.
2. On the resulting screen, click on the senator's or representative's name
under his/her photo.
3. On the next screen, click on the Contact
4. The Contact tab will provide the email, phone and address information for the legislator.
5. Compose your own message or use the sample language provided below:
Dear Senator or Representative XXX,
As you work with your legislative colleagues to find a solution to higher education funding crisis, I strongly urge you to place Monetary Award Program (MAP) funding for the state's neediest students as your top priority.
Recipients of MAP grants are the future business, community and nonprofit leaders of our state. They are in college because they have the ambition to seek a better life for themselves and their families. They - and their hardworking families - have borrowed as much as they are allowed, and they cannot achieve their dreams without the support of MAP grants.
Please advocate and vote to provide this crucial pathway for college students' academic achievement and economic opportunity. I urge you to work with your colleagues on both sides of the aisle and support MAP funding as a priority in any package of appropriations for FY16 & FY17, as it enables our most financially vulnerable students to attend college in Illinois.
All the best,
Barbara A. Farley