MAP letter-signing day declared at EC, lawmakers urged to reinstate MAP funding

Eureka College is declaring Tues., March 8 as Eureka College MAP letter-signing day to urge lawmakers to reinstate the funding for the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP).

Students will sign letters addressed to Gov. Bruce Rauner, Sen. President John Cullerton, House Speaker Michael Madigan, their state representative and state senator from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in both dining halls on campus.

Downloaded a sample letter

After eight months without a state budget, colleges and universities across Illinois are now in crisis mode. At Eureka College, unfunded MAP impacts 43 percent of our students and creates a $1.2 million deficit.

At this point, the college is holding its students harmless from unpaid MAP grants on their bills. If the state does not resolve the current budget impasse, students will have to find other sources to cover their outstanding tuition.

“Students come to Eureka College to make an impact and our MAP letter-signing day is yet another example of how we encourage our students to be engaged in the world around them,” said Director of Financial Aid, Erin Bline. “We are confident their collective voices will be heard in Springfield and the MAP Grants promised to Illinois students will be funded.”

The college is also asking faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college to download the letter and send it to their representatives. A sample letter can be downloaded here.

Our students and administrators have participated in rallies and written letters to lawmakers urging them to do the right thing, but so far their pleas have gone unheard.

Bline, as well as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Mike Murtagh, and students will be available for interviews on Tuesday.