BREAKING NEWS: MAP funding for 2012-2013 school year depleted

By Patrick Erwin, editor-in-chief

According to an article in today’s Chicago Tribune, state tuition assistance from the Monetary Award Program, or MAP, has already been depleted for the 2012-13 school year.

This could have a significant impact on students across the state, including many Truman students who depend on MAP funds to pay for part or all of their tuition.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) spokesperson John Samuels said in an email that “clearly, the demand for MAP assistance far exceeds available funding.”

Samuels said that the initial funding was $387 million for the 2012-13 academic year. Governor Quinn is proposing an additional $50 million in funding. Samuels also indicated that the amounts of awards to a student are influenced by a number of factors including the cost of that school’s tuition and any prior year awards.

As far as other sources of funding, Samuels strongly recommended that all students complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible to determine eligibility for federal funding.

The Uptown Exchange also contacted Truman spokesperson Nicole Muzzy and Assistant Director of Financial Aid Robert Evans for comment. We’re awaiting a response and will post their comments when we have them.

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