Illinois Higher Education Organizations Laud $2.484 Billion Level of Funding in State’s FY22 Budget

Today, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) praised the Illinois FY 2022 budget which includes $2.484 billion for colleges, universities, and direct student support. The budget also allocates additional dollars for tuition assistance and workforce programs which give students from all backgrounds the ability to achieve their educational goals. Building on Gov. Pritzker’s equity goals, the budget includes an increase of $28 million for the Monetary Award Program (MAP), bringing total funding for the grant program for low-income students to approximately $479 million. Funding for community colleges and public universities will be held level in FY22, recognizing the importance of higher education, particularly as students and families in Illinois and across the nation continue to face financial struggles as a result of the pandemic. Higher education highlights of the FY 22 budget include:

  • $28m increase for MAP, bringing funding for the program to a historic level of approximately $479m
    • Funding for College Illinois! (allocated as funding $30m in FY21 and $20m in FY22)
    • $1M for implementation of the Common App, which will allow students to apply to any Illinois public university with a single application
    • Flat funding for all other scholarship/grant programs, operations and outreach, however $7 million in federal funding will provide significantly increased support for the Golden Apple Scholars and Golden Apple Accelerators programs for teachers in training
    • $10 million State Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency Fund (CURE) for college bridge programs

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