- Published: 21 August 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Senator James Clayborne (D-Belleville) supported a measure that funds the Monetary Award Program for FY 16. Senate Bill 2043 provides the funds the Illinois Student Assistance Commission uses to help students pay for college.
“Students seeking a higher education should be afforded these opportunities,” Clayborne said. “It’s intolerable to force our students to drop out of school due to lack of funding for a program we know works.”
The legislation increased the funding level by 2.25 % from last year, and ISAC estimates it will be able to award 125,000-130,000 students with MAP grants.
“Obtaining a degree is already difficult,” Clayborne said. “I refuse to create another hurdle for people who are simply trying to better themselves.”
More than five thousand students attending Metro East colleges and universities would receive over $12 million dollars of aid from the MAP program.
The legislation now heads to the House for further consideration.