HIGHER EDUCATION AGENCIES ENCOURAGED BY STEADY FUNDING FOR EDUCATION AMIDST PANDEMIC CHALLENGES

Despite budget woes stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker recommended several increases for programs to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in his budget address. State higher education leaders say they are grateful that Gov. Pritzker is continuing his commitment to higher education during these unprecedented times. Higher education funding for public universities and community colleges in Illinois would remain mostly flat for fiscal year 2022 as outlined in the governor’s budget address.  Overall, the governor’s budget proposal would put higher education funding in Illinois at $2.097 billion.

Funding in this proposal would include:

  • $1.158 billion for public universities
    • $249 million for community colleges and adult education
    • $28 million in additional dollars for MAP (total $479 million)
    • $35 million (flat funding) for AIM HIGH
    • $20 million in first-year funding for College Illinois!®
    • $1 million in new money for the Common Application
    • $250,000 in new money for strategic planning implementation.

IBHE also expects $8 million for community colleges and $12 million for IBHE from supplemental federal relief funds recently passed by congress. The Common App funding would make Illinois the first state with all public four-year universities using one application.

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