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|College Officials Warn Illinois MAP Grant Funding Running Low
|Anyone thinking about going to college in the fall is encouraged to get the application process going sooner rather than later, or risk losing out on potential state aid.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission says that funds used for the Illinois Monetary Award Program, or MAP Grant, could run out next month for the 2009-10 academic year. The grant is available to Illinois residents who demonstrate financial need and attend approved colleges in the state. The funding helps cover tuition and fee costs.
Lisa Hanson, Financial Aid Director at Carl Sandburg College, tells WGIL the grant money usually isn't exhausted until August, but this year is different.
"We've had two occasions now where we've heard from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and they're reporting application volume has been up 22 percent that has sustained itself over several weeks and their concern is if that application volume continues to stay up, they could run out of funding very early this year."
Hanson says CSC wants to make sure that area residents considering college get their applications for financial aid in early, specifically by May 1st. Students who would like help with completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA forms, are encouraged to attend a workshop on April 21st from 6 to 8 p-m in the Crist Student Center in Building B on the main campus in Galesburg.
Hanson says students who attend CSC can receive up to $2,400 dollars of MAP Grant money to cover over 65 percent of tuition costs. She says federal student aid, including Pell Grants, continues to be available.
|04 05 09 by Newsroom
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