Higher Education Will Get State Funding Despite Pandemic Challenges

Higher Education Will Get State Funding Despite Pandemic Challenges

Higher education funding for public universities and community colleges in Illinois would remain mostly flat for fiscal year 2022 as outlined in the Wednesday budget address by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker.

Kane County colleges and universities include:

According to a state of Illinois news release, the governor’s budget proposal would put higher education funding in Illinois at $2.097 billion.

Funding in this proposal would include:

  • $1.158 billion for public universities
  • $249 million for community colleges and adult education
  • $28 million in additional dollars for MAP (total $479 million)
  • $35 million (flat funding) for AIM HIGH
  • $20 million in first-year funding for College Illinois!®
  • $1 million in new money for the Common Application
  • $250,000 in new money for strategic planning implementation.
  • IBHE also expects $8 million for community colleges and $12 million for IBHE from supplemental federal relief funds recently passed by congress.

Illinois Board of Higher Education Executive Director Ginger Ostro said the proposed budget is a “win” for higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Additional dollars for programs like MAP and the Common App will help low-income students and students of color stay on their college path,” Ostro said. “Maintaining support for our higher education institutions provides stability at a time when so much is uncertain.”

Illinois Student Assistance Commission Executive Director Eric Zarnikow said the proposed increase of $28 million in MAP would help low-income students as they try to keep up with rising costs.

Illinois Community College Board Executive Director Brian Durham said more than half a million students use Illinois’ 39 community colleges for at least a part of their education each year.

“It is critical we continue to provide local educational opportunities for people of all ages to help better their lives and get our economy back on track,” he said.

The Common App funding would make Illinois the first state with all public four-year universities using one application.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news release