Thursday, June 25, 2015

The high cost of higher education

Illinois Times
June 25th, 2015

The Illinois Senate met June 16 to discuss the cost of college in Illinois in anticipation of sending the higher education funding bill to Gov. Bruce Rauner, who included a 30 percent cut to colleges and universities in his proposed budget – a larger cut than any other department received. Senators heard testimony from students, faculty and administrators of the higher education and student aid systems.

John Patterson, communications director for Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said the aim of the hearing was making sure the governor understood the importance of the college funding bill they would soon be sending him.

Much of the hearing was devoted to demonstrating the impact higher education funding and in particular the Monetary Assistance Program grants had on Illinoisans’ ability to afford a college education.

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