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 and college tuition and fees and for only 42% of all eligible students. As a result, many of Illinois' low-income students, especially in the wake of COVID-19, are choosing not to attend college at all. To equitably and adequately recover from the recession, and make good on the promise of equal opportunity, Illinois must cultivate its talent by investing in need-based aid programs that make college accessible for all low-income students. Urge your legislators to invest $50M in MAP now.