Despite MAP grants not being appropriated, half of the state’s public universities responding to a survey say they will offer up credits to students, while more than half of overall respondents, including community colleges, say they can’t. Lynne Baker, director of communications at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, says 58 percent of respondents to their recent survey say they did credit MAP grants even though the state hasn’t appropriated the money.
She said while just 37 percent plan to do so in the spring term, 14 percent were undecided:
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Meanwhile, Baker says most community colleges and private schools that responded say they won’t be crediting MAP for the spring semester. With more than six months into the fiscal year most of the state’s spending has been decided by court orders and consent decrees. Tax dollars for public universities, the MAP grant and some social services have not been funded.