Illinois has now gone eight months without a state budget.
With the lack of state dollars, college students are feeling the pressure.
Financial aid programs, that are meant to help with the burden of costs, could
soon be cut
"We have reached the breaking point when it comes to this budget
impasse," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).
Eight months without a budget is starting to take a toll on a couple
Senator Durbin met with higher education officials Monday in effort to warn
people about the lack of money for student financial aid.
"Now we have to realize, that if we jeopardize higher education for
these students. We could pay the price for a long, long time to come," he
Students fear the state could cut MAP grants, which provide $5,000 toward
"We're playing with people's dreams here now. Eight months into this,
people have to worry about if they can come back to school next semester; be
the lawyer that sought out to be; or be the social worker they sought out to
be," said University of Illinois Springfield Senior Jamie Anderson.
Even if lawmakers are able to come to agreement, the MAP grants could be
lower, which isn't sitting well with students.
"I would not be the student I am today if I did not receive the MAP
grant funding. Nobody can just come up with $20 to $26,000 for school,"
Senior Dominique Wilson has received map funding each year of his college
education. And he's counting on the money this year as well.
"That support for my life, for my education, my goals may not happen
and may be taken away from me because of the uncertainty going on with the
budget," said UIS Senior Dominique Wilson.
The story was featured on WICS-TV on February 15, 2016.
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