Short-Term Budget Deal Aids Illinois Colleges, Students

July 5, 2016

Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois signed legislation last week that will fund the state's public colleges and universities and the state's student grant program through the fall -- but does little to ensure long-term stability of state support, the Quad-City Times reported. Illinois's colleges have struggled through most of this year with a lack of funding stemming from the inability of Illinois's political leaders to come to an agreement on the budget and other matters. The short-term agreement enacted last week repays colleges and universities for the grant money they gave to recipients of the state's student grant program, the Monetary Award Program.

College leaders in the state praised the lawmakers for the funds but said they needed more reliable help. "This piecemeal approach to funding does not forecast a future of predictable and appropriate state investment in public higher education," said Larry Dietz, president of Illinois State University.

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