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College students have been leaving the state at higher and higher numbers over the past few years. One reason has been grant programs that were in doubt during the years when the state didn’t have a budget.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill this week to ease concerns about MAP grants being granted year by year.
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The bill revises MAP to give priority access for eligible returning students. MAP renewals are awarded annually throughout a student's post-secondary education but now there will be a priority consideration for existing recipients. Nearly 130,000 students received MAP grants in FY18 and all but graduating students may be eligible for priority status in FY19.