Students from colleges and universities throughout Illinois – including a group from Illinois State University – gathered in Springfield October 15 to lobby for reinstatement of funding to the state’s Monetary Assistance Program (MAP), which was recently cut by Governor Pat Quinn. 

Lawmakers responded by advancing Senate Bill 1180, which appropriates $205 million to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s Fiscal Year 2010 budget. The intent is to fully fund MAP for the remainder of the year.

Although a funding stream has not yet been identified, lawmakers feel confident that one will be located and say that students can breathe a little easier knowing that the MAP assistance they rely on will likely be available for the spring 2010 semester. It is estimated that as many as 138,000 students would have been affected if lawmakers had not approved the funding.

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