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Download the MAP Matters Fact Sheet/Talking Points

Support More MAP

While the $451 million of MAP funding for FY 20 and FY 21 are the highest MAP appropriations to date, there is currently still more demand for MAP than funding, and MAP lacks the buying power that it had a decade ago. You can continue to make your voice heard and let your elected officials know that we need more funding, and that you hope they will support the Governor’s proposed increase for MAP in FY 22.

Talk about why MAP Matters

  • Download the MAP Matters Fact Sheet and use it to help you explain the issue to friends and colleagues. We’ve also added some data that demonstrates why MAP really matters.

Get in touch with elected officials to let them know why MAP matters to you!

Elected officials want to know about the issues their constituents care about. After all, they are in office to represent you! Policymakers begin work on the next fiscal year budget each Spring, but you can let your elected officials know at any time of year what MAP means to you and ask for their support for increased funding in the future. Share your personal story about how MAP has made a difference for you—it’s important that our elected officials continue to hear real stories year-round about why MAP Matters. Here are a couple of tools you can use to reach out to elected officials to ask them to support increased MAP funding.

  • First—find your legislator. Not sure who your State Representative and State Senator are? Use this easy tool to find out. (Note: because MAP is an Illinois State budget issue, you will want to reach out to your STATE Senator and Representative, not your U.S. Representative and Senator.)
  • Write or email your legislators. Here are a few more tips:
    • Send an email or write legibly if you aren’t using a computer. Be sure to include your full name and address—your legislator will want to know that you are in his/her district.
    • Address your email/letter to The Honorable [name].
    • Use your own personal experience to explain why MAP matters to you. You don’t have to write a long letter, but a few sentences about your own experience will make a big difference!
    • Thank them for their consideration in working to ensure that MAP is reliably funded in the future.  

 Get the word out on Social Media!

Let’s keep the buzz going about why MAP Matters and build momentum to advocate for adoption of a final FY 22 budget that will allow ISAC to offer grants to all eligible students. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #MAPMatters