Urge Governor Rauner and gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker to adopt a higher education platform that prioritizes equity and gives all students in Illinois the supports and protections they need to succeed in college and beyond.
The Monetary Award Program (MAP), Illinois’ primary need-based financial aid program, used to be a national exemplar, covering 100% of tuition and fees at Illinois' public colleges and universities for all eligible students. Today, a maximum award covers just 32% of public university tuition and fees and for only 42% of all eligible students. As a result, many of Illinois' low-income students may not be able to attend college at all. To stay competitive in the national economy, Illinois must cultivate its talent with in the state by investing in programs, like MAP, that make college accessible for all low-income students.