SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An Illinois Student Assistance Commission official says about 3,000 financially needy students this fiscal year will not receive grant money for higher education costs due to cuts made by Gov. Bruce Rauner as part of a budget fix.
Katharine Gricevich told the Senate higher education committee Tuesday the $8.4 million reduction to their proposed $373.3 million budget means thousands of eligible students won’t receive grants through the state’s Monetary Award Program.
Details about cuts to state programs were released last week following a deal approved by lawmakers in March to fill a $1.6 billion gap in the current budget with $1.3 billion in transfers from special funds and a 2.25 percent across-the-board cut.
About 128,000 students are expected to receive MAP grants this year.