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July 1, 2019 - Illinois higher education official hopes new funding will stem tide of student outmigration - The interim director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education is hopeful a combination of added infrastructure and operations funding for state universities and colleges will help entice Illinois students to remain in the state for their college education.

June 25, 2019 - More Money, More MAP Grants - Low-income college students in Illinois got some good news today. The state's Monetary Award Program — which provides MAP grants to help pay for tuition — will be able to give more grants with more money, thanks to the largest appropriation in the fund’s history.

June 24, 2019 - Pritzker signs trio of bills that aim to protect undocumented immigrants - …And he signed House Bill 2691, giving students who are undocumented immigrants but who meet all other academic and financial qualifications access to state-funded student financial aid, including the state's Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grants.

June 20, 2019 - Bill Seeks To Work On College Student Hunger - Legislation adopted this spring aims to chip away at the growing problem of college student hunger in Illinois.

June 20, 2019 - Budget Increase for Higher Education - Higher education officials are relieved to see a budget increase for next year, plus a new capital program for repairs and new construction.

June 19, 2019 - How much money are Illinois colleges getting in the new budget? ‘It’s definitely good news for colleges and universities.’ - Illinois’ public universities and community colleges are getting an increase in state funding not seen in nearly three decades. (A subscription may be required to view this article.)

June 13, 2019 - Four bills Gov. Pritzker can sign immediately to protect immigrant rights - Some of these bills have been in the works for years. Others have emerged more recently as President Trump has ratcheted up anti-immigrant fervor.

May 17, 2019 - Bill before Gov. J.B. Pritzker would broaden access to state education grants for low-income students - Transgender students who are disqualified from receiving federal financial aid and those who are in the U.S. without proper documentation would be eligible for state education grants under a bill before Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (A subscription may be required to view this article.)

May 9, 2019 - Bill allowing undocumented immigrants to access student financial aid goes to governor: Bill also applies to transgender people who have not registered for the draft - The Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed and sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to receive state-funded student financial aid to attend college.

May 1, 2019 - RISE Act Lifts Hopes For Student Aid - Witness slips and committee hearings are on the minds of some Northern Illinois University organizers who are watching the RISE Act, or the Retention of Illinois Students Act, move through the state Senate this week.

April 30, 2019 - Bertino-Tarrant backs plan to end teacher shortage in Illinois - State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, is supporting legislation intended to aid a new generation of teaching students and address the shortage of teachers across the state.

April 25, 2019 - Proposal to Wipe Out Student Loan Debt Ignites Conversation - An ever-growing number of Americans have it and perhaps for some, it may feel like it will never go away: student debt.
So it's no surprise presidential candidates are tackling the issue with proposals that would address the looming student loan crisis. Of those proposals, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to wipe out some student loans caused quite a stir Monday.

April 13, 2019 - Illinois university students support bold actions to renew the Prairie State - …Thirty-five students from nine Illinois colleges and universities — both public and private — attended our inaugural summit, “Renewing Illinois: Ambitious Dreams and Practical Steps to Revive the Prairie State.”…

April 11, 2019 - SIU hardest hit by long-term state cutback in veterans education funding - Each spring, the leaders of Illinois’ public universities travel to Springfield to advocate for their schools with the legislators crafting the state’s budget.
Under new Gov. J.B. Pritzker, that exercise has taken a more hopeful tone, as Pritzker has pushed for healthy increases to university funding and more Illinois MAP grants for students with demonstrated financial need.

April 7, 2019 - 'What's best for you': B-N high schools expand opportunities for college, career - High school students in Bloomington-Normal and across Illinois will soon be asked to start early when making the choices that will take them beyond graduation.
According to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the state has the goal of 90 percent or more of students graduating from high school ready for college and a career by 2032.

April 4, 2019 - Higher education advocates find new optimism at Illinois Capitol - There was much ado about higher education in the Illinois Capitol Thursday, as lawmakers discussed funding increases for higher education, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill to strengthen a financial aid program and higher education advocates rallied on the Capitol rotunda.

April 4, 2019 - Lawmakers propose bills for education reform - Three state lawmakers, including Senator Omar Aquino, Senator Ann Gillespie and Representative Emanuel Welch, introduced a series of proposals aimed at higher education.
These bills would close college attainment gaps, make college more affordable and expand access to mental health treatment.

March 12, 2019 - Illinois losing even more high school graduates to out-of-state colleges - For years, Illinois colleges and universities have tried to find new ways to attract more high school graduates from within the state, while young people increasingly are choosing to pursue their degrees elsewhere. (A subscription may be required to view this article.)

March 3, 2019 - State Rep. Keicher proposes MAP grants bill addressing teacher shortage - For those who want to go back to school after receiving a bachelor’s degree to get a teaching certificate, one state lawmaker salutes you with a new proposed Monetary Award Program grant bill.

March 1, 2019 - MAP grant funding was much needed - It is imperative Illinois policy-makers continue prioritizing higher education since it will help not only students, but the recovering economy as well.

February 21, 2019 - Governor Wants More Money For Education - In his budget address today, Gov. J.B. Pritzker listed education as one of his top three priorities, requesting increased funding for programs across the educational spectrum, from babies to grade school to colleges and universities.

February 14, 2019 - 7 Higher Education Bills To Watch In Illinois - A flurry of bills affecting higher education have been introduced in Springfield this year. A recurring theme: stopping the so-called brain drain of Illinois’ best and brightest to universities outside Illinois. That’s an issue newly sworn-in Gov. JB Pritzker ran on.

January 29, 2019 - State Rep. Carol Ammons Wants More State Funding For Illinois Higher Ed - State Representative Carol Ammons wants to provide more state funding to Illinois universities and colleges. Ammons was recently appointed chair of the state's Higher Education Committee.

January 28, 2019 - New Student Loan Program Gives Yearly Estimates Of Debt - Garrett Wise graduated from Northern Illinois University just over three years ago. As he strode across the stage and collected his Bachelor's degree in applied physics, he knew that, like most students, he accumulated student loan debt. He just didn't know how bad it was.

January 10, 2019 - J.B. Pritzker Interview — On Criminal Justice, Higher Ed, Taxes, And Legislative Ethics - J.B. Pritzker is set to become the 43rd governor of Illinois on Monday. He won in part by promising to make college more affordable, improve the state’s finances, and reform the criminal justice system.

January 10, 2019 - The Pritzker Agenda - Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s.

January 9, 2019 - Legislators make fix to fund use limits in scholarship bill - Illinois lawmakers have modified a new college scholarship program to give public universities more flexibility in how they spend the state's portion of the funding.