Quinn promotes plan to double MAP college aid

2014-04-30T16:57:00Z Quinn promotes plan to double MAP college aidT.J. Fowler tj.fowler@lee.net pantagraph.com
April 30, 2014 4:57 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn spoke before a crowd of Illinois college students Wednesday to promote his plan to double the state's Monetary Award Program funding over the next five years.

Students from across the state gathered outside Quinn's office at the Capitol to rally for the measure, which would provide $50 million to college students with financial need next year.

"Our great institutions of higher learning in Illinois depend on making sure that we have education — not just for the elite who have a whole bunch of money but rather for everybody," Quinn said.

"We have to have a learning society in Illinois. We have not one person to miss. If they have that ability to go to college, we don't want them to be denied that opportunity because of a lack of money," he added.

With the state's temporary income tax increase scheduled to sunset Jan. 1, next year's MAP budget could potentially be cut to $322.8 million, down from $373.2 million in 2014.

Quinn wants to make the 67 percent increase permanent, and put $423.2 million toward the program next year.

More than 140,000 students receive aid under the program, and 21,000 more would get assistance under Quinn's program.

Amanda Kriegl, a senior at Augustana College, said she "absolutely could not" afford to attend the school without state assistance.

"I come from a low-income family, so it's really hard for us to even come up with the funds," Kriegl said. "I'm a first-generation college student, and I'll be graduating in about three weeks. Having the MAP grant really made everything possible."

Aaron Von Qualen, a student trustee at Illinois State University, said state assistance has a big impact on campus.

"Many of our students benefit from state aid," Von Qualen said. "It's something we have to have in order to keep our institution in the positive trajectory that we're going."

But he added that he understands some of the funding challenges facing the state.

"It's a tough time for everybody, but higher education is very important," he said. "More state appropriations would probably lower the cost of education in Illinois and keep those students within our borders."

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  1. ct
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    ct - May 02, 2014 1:36 am
    It wasn't exactly 67% increase due to tax receipts varying year to year, but it was pretty close.

    If you increase the tax rate by 2/3, you will see an extra 2/3's tax receipts

    $325tax = $10,000 example x old rate.
    $500tax = $10,000 example x new rate.


    As the governor promised them, all the new revenue primarily went straight into TRS, over $2billion. The only reason the state gained some on its payment backlog was because of a federal tax issue expiring so many claimed extra assets in that year. Now the state is almost back where it started.
  2. ct
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    ct - May 02, 2014 1:25 am
    How about:
    Limiting aid for the first 2 years worth of credit hours to the avg cost of community college of that person's district.
    For the final years, aid is tailored into a schedule based on need of the profession. Nurses would see near full coverage, Art Photography would see next to nothing.

    Really MAP is all about state college funding. Rather than write a big check to each school, they bury a portion of funding behind the students.
    It does help to make them competitive as they have to get the student to enroll.
  3. ct
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    ct - May 02, 2014 1:22 am
    Nearly every scholarship is tailored to specific groups of people, not overall achievement. If it's not obvious, minorities take front and center as it's mostly PR. Most scholarships are very small and non-renewing.

    $500 doesn't help much for one year of $16,000 college
  4. BC
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    BC - May 01, 2014 7:10 am
    Your list is compiled of people who lived in the era when formal education was not a requirement. Some are foreign citizens who don't enter into this. Was a time when a person could drop out of high school and go to work earning a middle class income that sustained him/her to the grave. Even Bill Gates falls into that era. Today all but the most menial jobs require trade training or college. A small number can strike out on their own an form a successful business. That number is very small. People retiring today didn't need a high school diploma, never mind college, to run a machine in the manufacturing industry. Today employers expect them to have trade school experience to be hired. Different world than that of those on your list.
  5. Yepppppp
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    Yepppppp - May 01, 2014 7:00 am
    The income tax was 3.25%. The 1.75% increase to 5% was a 67%increase. The state did not bring in 2% more money. They increase in revenue was a 67% increase in revenue. Yet they still can't live within their means.
  6. BC
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    BC - May 01, 2014 7:00 am
    Any kid from any background that is valedictorian can receive scholarships. All are eligible for student loans. Why give a free ride to those with resources to pay their own way and think they shouldn't have to work hard to pay back what is given to them. Grants pay only part of the whole cost. Most of those who receive grants also work to cover part of their expenses. Many of them have loans that have to be paid back with hard work after graduation. You can call it penalizing success when actually it is asking for a free taxpayer ride, with no obligations, after the ride is over. Work during college years or after they all contribute a portion of the cost of education.
  7. Yepppppp
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    Yepppppp - May 01, 2014 6:59 am
    Others countries that fund education through college actually educate. College should be job training not about expanding your cultural experience. A student who wants to be an accountant shouldn't have to take an art class. Shouldn't have to take health 101. Why all these extra GE classes? Eliminate those, Cut the cost of college!
  8. BC
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    BC - May 01, 2014 6:51 am
    Many other countries fund education through college. Even Cuba pays for a college education if the student chooses a occupation needed at that point in time. We could scrap all the loans and grants and just fund college with taxes. Again we have complainers who think they are short changed if they can't jump on a government program even though they are capable of paying their own costs out of pocket. To continue to receive aid students should have to maintain a mandatory grade average. Having a qualified, educated population is vital to this country's welfare. According to those who do the hiring it is necessary to recruit foreign workers because we do not have a pool of qualified in this country. We need to fill those demands with out citizens who will keep their earnings here and help support our own nation. Illegals are not taking American jobs, legal imports are a bigger threat. That is evident by the number of medical professionals that have only a minimal grasp of the English language and are citizens of other countries.
  9. Whatafoolbelieves
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    Whatafoolbelieves - May 01, 2014 6:12 am
    15 Notable People Who Dropped Out of School
    http://people.howstuffworks.com/15-notable-people-who-dropped-out-of-school1.htm
  10. Whatafoolbelieves
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    Whatafoolbelieves - May 01, 2014 6:07 am
    List of college dropout billionaires.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_college_dropout_billionaires
  11. Whatafoolbelieves
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    Whatafoolbelieves - May 01, 2014 6:02 am
    Dreamer by Roger Hodgson - Voice of Supertramp - singer-songwriter and composer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2w1g-idt-8U
  12. exrepub
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    exrepub - May 01, 2014 5:36 am
    I would also like to see where colleges are paid for by students. But, when you go to college you have to pledge to follow the rules, keep your grades about C's, do not drink or do any drugs whatsoever. In other words, you go to school on a scholarship to study and get good grades not party and have a good time. Then some keep on partying and having a good time after the bills come due. That is what is wrong, not the money put out. If everyone used it well, and paid it back on a timely basis there would be no issue.
  13. exrepub
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    exrepub - May 01, 2014 5:33 am
    Jealousy talking? Why would you get it when you don't need it since you have already worked and have it in the bank. Or have a scholarship? And it is funny when this author refers to the increase as a 67% rather than a 2%, they either are rather ignorant or a republican. Noone else would call a 2% raise a 67%. If it stops and taxes are only reduced 40%, do the math, are they going to say what happened to our 27% Why is that happening? Because of the fuzzy math as Bush liked to call it. What I want to know is with all the map money given out, why are college loans such a problem in Illinois especially unpaid college loan. Doesn't anyone want to pay for their college and doesn't anyone do it? Do what I did. Wait until you an afford it. When I graduated, guess what I owed Zero and my degree was just as good as everyone elses. I think it is called delayed gratification which gratifies you more all the time when all is said and done.
  14. jmj
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    jmj - April 30, 2014 6:45 pm
    A lot of hardworking deserving kids who don't "have a whole bunch of money" receive ZERO From state of Illinois when they deserve a free ride. Moderate income families get zero financial aid but kid is valedictorian and gets no merit aid. ANY kid can earn a merit award but wwwhhhyy when you can hand it out to a kid who refuses to earn that money with hard work instead of whah whah whah....penalize success ...has nothing to do with income you piece of garbage spending more money we don't have.
  15. Stormin' Norman
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    Stormin' Norman - April 30, 2014 5:45 pm
    Translation--let's see how many votes I can buy with taxpayer dollars...
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