Seven Saint Xavier University students recently discussed with state legislators in Springfield, Ill. the crucial importance of Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants during a Private College Student Lobby Day.
Students met with State Sen. Edward Maloney (D-Chicago) and State Representatives Kelly Burke (D-36th), Bill Cunningham (D-35th), and Renee Kosel (R-81st). The students were encouraged to share their personal stories on how MAP grants affect them and other students they know, and how MAP grants and institutional aid make college possible.
MAP provides grants that do not need to be repaid to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided by the Free Application for Federal Students Aid (FAFSA). The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which administers the MAP grant, ran out of money for the need-based program in March, so eligible college students who apply for state assistance are now put on a waiting list. More than 51 percent of SXU undergraduates receive MAP grants.
The event, held every year in the capital, was organized by the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities.