Bill before Gov. J.B. Pritzker would broaden access to state education grants for low-income students

Transgender students who are disqualified from receiving federal financial aid and those who are in the U.S. without proper documentation would be eligible for state education grants under a bill before Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

The legislation, passed by lawmakers earlier this month, would make an additional 3,500 Illinois students eligible for the Monetary Award Program and could create another $9 million in annual demand on a program that has historically been underfunded.

Despite that, the legislation does not provide additional money to the state-funded program for students with a financial need.

“I’m always in support of increasing MAP grants,” said Democratic Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez of Cicero, the bill’s sponsor. “We have to work at that, but we can’t dismiss — these are students who have already been accepted into universities. It broadens the pool but it gives an opportunity to all students to pursue their education.”


News,Region: Chicago,City: Chicago

via News – Chicago Tribune

May 17, 2019 at 05:57PM

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