As the budget impasse drags on, some universities are struggling to continue helping students.
Some even wondering how they will keep the doors open.
Students at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) say they're sick and tired of the politics coming from Springfield.
They say the state made them a promise and lawmakers and the Governor need to make good on that promise, or they're risking the future of this state.
275 days without a budget and the inaction leaving state universities and low income students without a way to make ends meet.
Educators call it a failure of government.
"The loss of MAP Grant funds represents a loss in students and a really critical failure for public higher education particularly because it's about access. It's about making higher education and a college degree accessible to as many Illinoisans as possible. We don't want to lose those opportunities for our students," said Lynn Fisher, professor, University of Illinois Springfield.
The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 and Fox Illinois on March 31, 2016.
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