SIU to cover MAP grants for students this fall

Southern Illinois University says it will cover MAP grants for students on both the Carbondale and Edwardsville campuses this fall.

Illinois’ Monetary Awards Program, or MAP, grants help qualifying Illinois undergraduates with their tuition.

Funding for the MAP grants has been threatened due to the lack of a state budget. So far, no funding has been provided for MAP grants for this upcoming academic year.

Last year, SIU covered MAP grants for both the fall and spring semesters due to that lack of funding from the state.

At Carbondale, $11.5 million in grants were paid out to 3,187 students. At Edwardsville, $6.5 million was paid out to 2,254.

SIU says $8.4 million will be reimbursed by the state for covering those grants during the 2015-2016 academic year. That money comes from the stopgap budget approved by the General Assembly.

The stopgap budget does not cover funding for MAP grants for this upcoming academic year.

SIU System President Randy Dunn says the university is continuing to continue the grants this fall because, "…we do not want to see eligible students denied the opportunity to pursue their academic and career goals. We owe our students certainty that their education will not be disrupted this fall.”

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