SPRINGFIELD – Carrie J. Hightman, Chairwoman of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, expressed gratitude to Governor Pat Quinn for proposing increased state support for need-based financial student aid in his fiscal 2012 budget.
“College access and affordability are crucial to meeting the goals of the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success. It’s simple: If students cannot afford to go to college, we cannot achieve our goal to increase the level of educational attainment in Illinois to meet the ongoing and emerging workforce and economic needs of the state.
“So, we in the higher education community applaud the Governor’s pledge to target more resources to the Monetary Award Program – MAP – to assist more students to overcome financial barriers to college.”
On Tuesday, the Board of Higher Education adopted its FY12 budget recommendations, and increased MAP funding is a centerpiece.
The Chairwoman also thanked Governor Quinn for the collaborative process in which the budget was developed and pledged to work with the Administration, sister state agencies, and the higher education community as the legislative process proceeds in fashioning the 2012 spending plan for the state.