Bloomington-Normal educators see good things in budget address

ISU received $69.6 million in state funding for operations for the current fiscal year. Jome said knowing the governor is proposing stable funding will help with the university’s budget planning, which is already under way.

He said the university recognizes “the entire state is in an economic crisis” during the pandemic and appreciates the governor’s attention to higher education.

Traffic moves west on College Avenue near the Illinois State University pedestrian overpass on the campus in Normal on March 11, 2020. 


Pritzker said it is important to expand access to higher education for those who can least afford it, so he is proposing a $28 million increase in funding for Monetary Award Program grants.

He acknowledged that is “less than the $50 million I proposed last year, but enough to allow thousands more Illinois students to get a scholarship.” The 2021 fiscal year budget included $451.3 million for MAP, which bases grants on financial need.

Jome said MAP grants are “vitally important” and “critical” to support students.

Heartland Community College President Keith Cornille called the increased MAP funding a step in the right direction.

“However, current MAP eligibility leaves out many students seeking workforce training,” he said, urging the governor to use MAP funding to “set aside funds to support short-term community college certificate and training programs of less than 16 credit hours focused on workforce development and readiness efforts.”


February 17, 2021 at 09:17PM

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