Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Contact: Joe King, NIU Office of Public Affairs
September 24, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. — Gov. Pat Quinn will visit the campus of Northern Illinois University at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, to discuss the status of MAP grants with students.
The session, which is open to the public, will be held in the Holmes Student Center Gallery Lounge on the west end of the building’s main floor.
Looking for ways to trim the budget, the legislature this year halved funding for the Monetary Award Program, an important source of educational support for the state’s neediest students. What funding was approved was all disbursed during the first semester. As things stand, there is no MAP funding for the second semester.
Gov. Quinn has gone on the record in favor of restoring the approximately $200 million needed to reinstate the program for the spring 2010 semester. He will describe his efforts to do so at Friday’s forum.
A group of NIU students, who rely upon MAP grants to help pay for their education, will join the governor to describe the disastrous impact the cuts will have on their education if the funding is not restored.
Currently, about 5,600 undergraduate students at NIU (about one-third of the total undergraduate student body) receive MAP grants. Of those, approximately 4,000 are eligible for the maximum grant, which covers about 40 percent of tuition and fees.
“The gravity of this situation cannot be overstated. If these funds aren’t restored, we risk losing an entire generation of hard-working, low-income students,” Northern Illinois University President John Peters said.
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