Illinois Lawmakers Approve MAP Grant Funding

May 19, 2016

A bill fully funding college MAP grants is now headed to the governor's desk.

The measure appropriates 227 million dollars to the grant program for low-income students.

Senator Donne Trotter says these grants have gone unfunded during the budget impasse, leaving some students worried they may have to drop out.
 
But others, like Senator Chapin Rose of Champaign say the legislation is meaningless, since the state can't pay for it.
 
MAP grants were awarded last year, but students and the schools they attended never received the money due to the budget stalemate.

A few weeks ago, the governor approved partial funding of MAP grants using special state funds.

The plan doesn't include funding for colleges' operational costs.