The state's Monetary Award Program (MAP) is expected to see 3,000 fewer eligible students get college assistance grants this fiscal year, according to Katharine Gricevich with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
She gave testimony on the matter Tuesday before the Senate higher education committee, reports the Associated Press.
The anticipated reduction in students who will receive MAP assistance comes as a result of the recent measure approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to address a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the state's current fiscal year. The stopgap budget bill called for a 2.25 percent across-the-board cut as well as the diversion of $1.3 billion from other funds, like parks and conservation.
It is expected that some 128,000 students will get MAP assistance this year.