Gov. Pat Quinn is touting another part of his budget proposalâ€”increased funding to help low-income students attend college.
Quinn is calling for a $50 million increase for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP), with the long-term goal of doubling the stateâ€™s investment in the next five years. During a visit to DePaul University, Quinn said that assistance is an alternative for those who donâ€™t want to take out high-interest student loans.
“And for some, that prohibits them from even starting college because they simply canâ€™t afford it,” Quinn said. “So affordability of higher education, whether itâ€™s here at a private university or at a public university like NIU and U of I, or whether itâ€™s at a community college.”
The typical MAP grant is between $2,000 and $5,000 per student. With the increase Quinn is proposing this year, he estimates that 21,000 more students will be able to go to college.
The campaign of Quinnâ€™s Republican challenger in the governorâ€™s race, Bruce Rauner, bashed Quinn for signing budgets that cut MAP funding in 2010 and 2013.