Raise your voice now for state MAP grant funding!

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.

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 tab.
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.

Thank you.

All the best,
Barbara A. Farley

Views of Japan Breakaway May 2017 for Illinois College Alumni and Ritsumeikan IEP Participants!

Come experience the beauty and mystique of Japan with Illinois College President Barbara Farley as we celebrate 30 years of partnership with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan!  This Illinois College exclusive two week tour, arranged by SmarTours, will include
  • Sights of Tokyo and surrounding area (including Mount Fuji!)
  • Takayama, delightful town nestled in the Japanese Alps
  • Kanazawa, home of the renowned Kenrokuen Garden
  • Kyoto with its many temples and shrines; special activities hosted by Ritsumeikan University
  • Hiroshima and the Peace Memorial Museum  
  • And much more! 
In addition to President Farley and a professional tour guide provided by SmarTours, the group will be accompanied by Dr. Winston Wells, Professor of Political Science and International Studies and Ms. Mioko Webster, Instructor of Japanese.  Mioko Webster will assist any host families or alumni who are making connections with former Ritsumeikan students that they hosted or met during the exchange programs.  There will also be pre-departure lectures and language sessions held during the spring 2017 semester.  These sessions will be live-streamed and posted online for those not able to attend on campus.
Tour dates and cost:
  • Travel dates: Travel window is May 24 – June 7, 2017; exact departure/return dates TBA.
  • Book by July 1, 2016 to get the fantastic early bird price of $4,400* per person, which includes roundtrip airfare from the Chicago O’Hare airport.  (*Individuals traveling alone pay a single’s supplement of $799.).  Deposit of $400 per person required at time of booking.
  • After July 1, the price will increase to $4,800 per person.   
  • Availability is extremely limited!  This exclusive tour is available for the Illinois College alumni population, Friends of the College, and those who have participated in the Ritsumeikan exchange program (former and current host families).  Reserve your spot now before this tour sells out!  
  • Please contact Suzanne with SmarTours to make a reservation or if you have further questions about this trip.  She can be reached at 1-800-337-7773, ext. 1004 or by email

  • Apply Now
  • Visit Campus
  • Deposit Now
search login