The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has surveyed state colleges and universities to learn how they are handling Monetary Award Program grants, funding for which is caught up in the ongoing state budget stalemate.
Among the key findings, 41 of the 84 responding schools, or 49 percent, do not intend to credit MAP grant funds to student accounts for the spring term. A total of 133 state educational institutions participate in MAP, the need-based grant program that helps low-income Illinois students pay for tuition.
Additional details from ISAC's survey include:
- Nearly half (49%) of institutions that responded (41 of 84 schools) indicated they do not plan to credit MAP grants to student accounts for second term, and 14 percent of respondents indicated they are undecided with regard to whether they will credit MAP grants for second term. The remaining 37 percent of respondents plan to credit MAP grants to student accounts for the second term.
- In comparison, 42 percent of respondents (34 of 81 schools) indicated they did not credit MAP grants to student accounts for first term, and 58 percent indicated they credited MAP grants first term.
- All six of the public university respondents reported they plan to credit MAP grants for second term, compared to 21 percent of community college respondents, and 35 percent of private institution respondents. Seventy-five percent of community college respondents and 41 percent of private institution respondents do not plan on crediting MAP grants for second term. Another 24 percent of private institution respondents reported they are undecided on what they will do about MAP grants for second term.