North Central students are joining thousands of students statewide to speak out about the recent State of Illinois cuts in funding for the student aid need-based Monetary Award Program (MAP). The program was cut by nearly $200 million this year. Approximately 140,000 eligible students statewide will not receive any financial aid from the program in January unless legislators restore the $200 million they cut.
This week, members of the Academic Life Committee of North Central’s Student Governing Association (SGA) are helping students write their state legislators. They’ve set up computer stations in the lobby of the White Activities Center (WAC) and Kaufman Dining Hall to assist students in identifying and emailing their state legislators a form letter right from the computer station. SGA members will be on hand each day in WAC from noon to 2 p.m. and in Kaufman Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Jennie Baron ’11, SGA’s academic life officer, is organizing the letter-writing campaign. “We want students to know they have a voice and can make a difference if they speak up. This MAP cut is a huge thing, especially for anyone who relies on funding for their education,” she says.
Gov. Quinn will host a town hall meeting where students with MAP awards will have an opportunity to testify on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the University of Illinois Chicago. Justin Lynch ’11 and Laurie Hamen, vice president for enrollment management, athletics and student affairs, will join several hundred students and college faculty and administrators at the meeting. Lynch is a MAP grant recipient whose funding is in jeopardy; he’s also an academic life senator with SGA.
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