• FEATURED REPORT: Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at Who Graduates College and Why It Matters

    FEATURED REPORT: Unequal Opportunity in Illinois: A Look at Who Graduates College and Why It Matters

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| WBEZ |      A new report finds rising cost of Illinois colleges and lack of aid is making enrollment and graduation harder for low-income students.  The report also finds that Illinois was one of just four states that cut funding for higher education over the last two years, a year-to-year difference of 68 percent. The cuts to...
| WBEZ-FM / KWQC |      The Partnership for College Completion reports data from 2014 show low-income families in Illinois must set aside 63 percent of their total income for a student to attend a four-year institution. Executive Director Kyle Westbrook tells WBEZ-FM the high costs are contributing to lagging graduation rates am...
 | SaukValley.com |      About half of students eligible for need-based tuition help through Illinois' Monetary Award Program, or MAP, didn't' receive it because of insufficient state funding. This year looks better for higher education in Illinois as lawmakers allocated about $1.1 billion for public universities following the b...
 | The Times |          CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois' in-state college tuition and fees ranked fifth highest in the U.S. last year, and a new report says those costs are a major reason that degrees are increasingly out of reach for low-income students. Data from 2014 show low-income families in Illinois must set aside 63 pe...
| The Chicago Reporter |      A large percentage of these students are African American and Latino. For these students of color, Illinois' system of higher education reinforces racial inequality, prevents social mobility and widens the chasm between the haves and have-nots. While a staggering number of high school graduates have been...
| Education Post |      A dizzying array of statistics illustrates this disturbing trend. Our public colleges and universities are meant to be engines of upward economic mobility, but too often are unable to lift up low-income and first-generation students. In fact, the chances of a low-income student actually graduating from college...

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