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FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THE MONETARY AWARD PROGRAM (MAP) HAS HELPED MAKE COLLEGE POSSIBLE FOR MILLIONS OF ILLINOISANS ACROSS THE STATE

Indeed, MAP recipients come from every legislative district in the state. MAP matters because it provides need-based aid that a student doesn’t have to repay, defraying tuition and fee costs and limiting excessive student loan debt for those who don’t have the resources to pay for college.

There continues to be more demand for MAP than available funding, creating increasing obstacles for students. These obstacles were compounded by a two-year budget delay in Illinois during Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017, when MAP funding was delayed. Two “stopgap” funding measures at the end of the FY 2016 school year provided a total of $320 million for MAP, but because the funding came so late in the year, MAP served only 107,000 students in FY 2016. More than 161,000 eligible applicants were not offered MAP due to insufficient funding.

Fiscal Year 2017 progressed without any funding and without a guarantee that the program would eventually be funded. As the delay stretched on, fewer schools were willing and able to cover MAP for students. On July 6, 2017, the state passed a final budget that funded colleges, MAP and other grant and scholarship programs for FY 2017 (2016-17 school year) and FY 2018 (2017-18 school year). The budget provided approximately $365 million for MAP for FY 2017, which served almost 122,000 students; 105,000 eligible applicants were not offered MAP. The FY 2018 budget increased FY 2018 MAP funding to approximately $401 million, allowing ISAC to increase the size of the grant and serve additional students. Almost 130,000 students received MAP in FY 2018, but funding was insufficient to offer grants for nearly 98,000 more eligible applicants.

The MAP appropriation for FY 2019 (2018-19 school year) remained level at just over $401 million. ISAC expects to see demand continue to outpace current funding.

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