JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC in the News - 2014

Dec 6, 2014 - More college grads among goals of new initiative. The Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission are among state agencies, schools and foundations nationwide who have pledged to take action to improve college opportunity as part of a White House initiative.

Dec 4, 2014 - Leaders: College MAP Grants Could Face Devastating Cuts. The organization Voices for Children is partnering with Democratic lawmakers to urge Bruce Rauner and the general assembly to continue funding map grants -- monetary award program.

ISAC’s 2015-16 State Scholar announcement has appeared in over 39 media outlets to date.

Dec 4, 2014 - Naperville school districts announce Illinois State Scholars. The Illinois Student Assistance Commission recognized more than 18,000 high school seniors as 2015-2016 Illinois State Scholars, including 428 from Naperville Community Unit School District 203.

Dec 3, 2014 - 574 McHenry County high school seniors named Illinois State Scholars for 2015-16. There are 574 high school seniors in McHenry County who can call themselves Illinois State Scholars.

Nov 30, 2014 - Veterans, Elected Officials Fight to Make Post-9/11 Benefits More Accessible. When Cheloyn Keeton-Todd served as a staff sergeant in the United States Air Force from 1998 to 2008, she was sent to such places as Kuwait and Germany.

Nov 18, 2014 - Steve Cochran Show 11/18/14 Part Two. We had a representative from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission on to talk about how Mom's like Anna can get their daughter prepared for college.(Interview begins at 13.39)

Nov 7, 2014 - Federal and State Agreement Will Maximize Educational Benefits for Illinois Veterans The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has joined Illinois elected officials, veteran and student groups, and several state agencies in support of a rule change that will maximize educational benefits for Illinois veterans.

Oct 30, 2014 - Biggest scholarships can be automatic for Rock River Valley students. College isn’t just for the wealthy or middle class. Most students can afford college if they find the right help. That’s a message that high school counselors and Illinois Student Assistance Commission staff pass on every day in Rockford.

Oct 28, 2014 - Plainfield Township plans College and Financial Aid Expo. Over 20 Illinois colleges and universities, as well as numerous financial organizations will be on hand at the Plainfield Township Youth Committee's fifth annual College and Financial Aid Expo.

Oct 17, 2014 - The State slashes prices to revive College Illinois contract sales. The state agency overseeing College Illinois is taking a time-tested approach to reviving interest in the college savings plan: It's slashing prices.

September 10, 2014 - Durbin supports increased access for veterans to higher education benefits. Some veterans in Illinois who want to attend college are having difficulty accessing their full state and federal benefits in order to pay for their education. But that may soon change.

September 08, 2014 - College tuition rises; financial aid can’t keep up. A University professor recently published a study that found college is becoming less affordable and financial aid is falling short of tuition costs.

September 04, 2014 - Plan to see if Pay it Forward will work for tuition. There's a new push to help students afford college. It could help them live debt-free while they're in school. WCIA-3's Kelsey Gibbs finds out about Pay it Forward plan.

August 29, 2014 - New law helps support MAP grants, dislocated workers. The number of dislocated workers receiving Monetary Award Program grants to help further their education could double by next academic year.

August 27, 2014 - Pay It Forward bill signed into law. Students at the University of Illinois come from all over. They have different skin colors, practice different religions, or none at all, and speak various languages.

August 25, 2014 - Senator Durbin Supports Helping Illinois Veterans Take Full Advantage Of Their Education Benefits. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today called on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow Illinois veterans to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to pay for tuition, books and housing at the same time they are using state benefits for tuition.

August 23, 2014 - Tuition-Free College? Illinois will look at the possibility of allowing students to go to state colleges tuition-free—at least until they graduate.

August 19, 2014 - Second Chance Law Aims To Help The Unemployed, Recently Laid Off. A new law is giving people a second chance at reaching their goals.

July 25, 2014 - Higher ed officials look for more ways to keep kids in college. While employers bemoan a shortage of skilled job applicants, higher-education officials are trying to ensure students get into college and stay long enough to learn the skills for jobs going begging.

July 22, 2014 - Group Pushes to Get Illinois Students To and Through College Illinois education, government and non-profit leaders gathered near Chicago to address challenges and identify solutions in helping Illinoisans get to college and graduate.

June 23, 2014 - New Initiative Helps Peoria High School Graduates. The Peoria Mayor and many local leaders teamed up to get more of the city’s youth ready for post-high school life.

June 23, 2014 - Peoria enters a Pathway to Prosperity. A newly inked Peoria based collaborative effort aims to link more kids to the jobs of the current employment marketplace.

June 20, 2014 - VVSD Workshop Helps Students Prepare for College, Careers. More than five dozen Valley View School District 365U high school students spent time in the classroom this month learning how to best prepare for life after high school.

June 12, 2014 - Eric Zarnikow: Making smart college choices. It seems like every other day a new article or study addresses the value of a college education.

June 10, 2014 - Addressing Student Loan Debt: Knowledge is Power. According to the White House, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled in recent decades.

June 03, 2014 - Stable MAP funding doesn't meet needs. Area colleges and their students are feeling the crunch without increases in funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program that provides grants to needy college students.

May 15, 2014 - 'Everything changes': First-generation collegians lauded in Rockford. An Nguyen will head to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville this fall, fulfilling a dream that started when her mother moved to the United States 16 years ago.

April 27, 2014 - State sticking colleges with tab for veterans' grants. Colleges and universities in Illinois are rapidly assuming a growing portion of the costs of awarding grants to veterans as the General Assembly backs away from funding the program, a trend many expect will continue

April 26, 2014 - Voice of the People, Apr. 26: MAP Matters. At the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, our mission is to help make college accessible and affordable for Illinois residents.

March 22, 2014 - Joliet Township High School Increases Student FAFSA Application Percentage. Joliet Township High School has seen increases in FAFSA completion rates this year. The FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an application students fill out yearly to determine their eligibility for student financial aid in college.

March 10, 2014 - Colleges contemplate how to cut costs. As the cost of attending an Illinois state university continues to climb, Illinois lawmakers are pushing various pieces of legislation to try and address affordability.