Loyola University Chicago

Map Matters

Map Matters

MAP is critical to Loyola students

The State of Illinois’s student financial aid program, the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP), has not yet been funded for the current year. The Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill (SB) 2043, which would have funded MAP grants at $397 million, but in February, Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill.

Loyola has included MAP grant awards in the financial aid packages for all qualifying students with the expectation that the state will fund the program at some point.  However, we need your assistance to be sure the state understands the importance of the funds.

Nearly 2,400 of our students depend upon their MAP grants to attend Loyola each year. And nearly all of our Arrupe College students are able to attend only thanks to their MAP grants.

Join the #MAPMatters Campaign

If you receive a MAP grant, we are calling on you to share your own story with the state legislature. Let them know how important MAP grants are as you pursue your education at Loyola.

This is a statewide campaign, and you will be joining thousands of other Illinois students from colleges and universities all around the state.

Sign the online petition to let your voice be heard today.

Here are other ways you can get involved:

Wednesday, April 20 Join us to rally in Springfield with students and MAP supporters from across the state to let our government officials know that #MAPMatters.
E-mail govaffairs@luc.edu for details.

Please bear in mind that this lobby day falls on the second-to-last week of classes. If you have Wednesday classes, be sure you can afford to miss them before you sign up to attend.
Friday, April 15
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Visit the Damen Student Center to:
  • Learn about MAP funding.
  • Sign our online petition.
  • Register to ride to Springfield for a higher education rally with students from across the state.
TODAY! Speak up and tell your state legislature to save MAP today.
  • Sign the online petition and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Take to social media using #MAPMatters and let your networks know why these grants matter to everyone at Loyola.
  • Visit gis.elections.il.gov to locate your own Illinois state representatives.

If you have any questions about MAP or this advocacy effort, please contact govaffairs@luc.edu.