Published March 16, 2016

Monmouth steps up

College makes commitment to students affected by MAP uncertainty
  • A group of students walk near Pattee Hall at Monmouth College. The college is continuing its commitment to students who rely on MAP grant funding in the wake of the Illinois budget stalemate.
Amid the ongoing uncertainty over the present and future of Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) grant funding for Illinois college students, Monmouth College is taking a major step forward to provide clarity.

“The continued budget stalemate in Illinois is much on the minds of the families of students eligible for MAP grants,” said Monmouth College president Clarence R. Wyatt. “We have already announced that if the State of Illinois does not fulfill its promise to these students for 2015-16, the college will not hold those students responsible for those amounts. Now, we are making the same commitment for the 2016-17 academic year until the State either fulfills its promise or tells students that it is going back on that commitment. These students will not be held responsible for the State’s failure.”

Added Trent Gilbert, Monmouth’s vice president for enrollment management and communications, “We want to relieve the uncertainty about MAP funding in order to help prospective students further understand that Monmouth College is the right choice for them. We feel that this commitment to our students is only the first step in fulfilling our promise to provide a high-quality, highly valued education.”

Gilbert reported that 550 Monmouth students are affected by MAP, with the State of Illinois owing “approximately $2.6 million to our students.”
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