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Gov. Pritzker proposes higher education investment

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker address the crowd at Lincoln Land Community College on Wednesday – Photo Via JB Pritzker/Facebook

SPRINGFIELD — Governor JB Pritzker is proposing further investments in higher education, especially at community colleges in the state. Illinois has the third-largest community college system in the nation, with over 48 institutions statewide. The Rebuild Illinois capital plan dedicates nearly $500 million to community college infrastructure. The proposed budget calls for an additional $100 million investment in Monetary Award Program, or MAP Grants, which provide assistance to students demonstrating financial need and do not need to be repaid. Last year, every student eligible for a MAP Grant received one.
“Illinois is poised to make history: with the passage of my budget proposal, we’re making it possible for every student to get a degree,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “When I first took office, people were choosing to leave Illinois to get a college education because they just couldn’t afford it here. But now, by working with the General Assembly to invest in Illinois students and families, we’re making college more affordable than ever.”

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