Illinois schools struggle to fund MAP grants for students



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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Despite the lack of a state budget and no assurance that they'd be reimbursed, many Illinois colleges and universities fronted the money for income-based Monetary Award Program grants to students in the fall semester, and major schools will continue covering them for the spring, although others are telling students they can't cover the debt for the coming semester. The list shows a sampling of schools, their enrollment, the number of students receiving MAP grants in the fall, and the total amount covered.

SchoolEnrollmentNo. GrantsTotal
University of Illinois #80,0007,500$30.5 million
Northern Illinois U.20,1304,951$9.7 million
Illinois State U.20,6154,000$6.5 million
So. Ill. U.-Carbondale17,2923,103$5.9 million
Western Illinois U.11,0942,694$5.5 million
Eastern Illinois U.8,5202,500$3.8 million
So. Ill. U.-Edwardsville14,2652,152$3.4 million
Ill. Institute of Technology2,993700$1.4 million
Parkland Community College8,577838$528,000

#Includes Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield campuses.

Source: Individual schools.

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