Last week the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation to partially fund state universities and community colleges. The legislation also includes funding for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for college students. Following the passing of the bill, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger directed her staff to begin processing MAP Grant payments immediately, giving top priority to students and the institutions that are suffering the most.
On Thursday Munger announced that those payments have been distributed.
She issued the following statement Thursday regarding student Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants:
“Today, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission sent $164 million in MAP Grant vouchers to my office and we turned around the payments immediately. As a result, colleges and universities will receive payment to assist the 125,000 college students who rely upon that funding to further their education. Our students have suffered unacceptable hardship due to this budget impasse and it is my priority to provide relief however possible.
“But this is not a long term solution. In fact, the MAP Grant funding that was signed into law earlier this week covers only half of what students were promised this year. I applaud the General Assembly and Governor for a strong first step, but it is critical that they now finish the job and pass a comprehensive balanced budget that allows us to keep our promises not only to students, but also to social service providers, schools, businesses and others that are serving taxpayers across our state.”