Loyola University Chicago

Map Matters

Map Matters

MAP is critical to Loyola students

Currently, 2,323 Loyola students receive a MAP Grant. Among all undergraduates, 21 percent have been awarded a MAP Grant this year. Collectively, these MAP awards represent $10.3 million in student financial aid.

Support for higher education, particularly MAP funding, is essential if Illinois is to meet its own workforce needs. By 2020, 70 percent of all jobs in Illinois will require a post-secondary education. Currently, however, only 42.5 percent of working age adults (age 25–64) in Illinois have at least a two-year degree (Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce).

The University is continuing to work to find funding sources, and we are reviewing operating budgets for savings as well as identifying new revenue sources. We remain hopeful the State will ultimately fund MAP, and that our alternative funding sources can help fill the current gap.

We encourage all Loyola students, regardless of financial needs, to engage with these advocacy efforts, as the student voice is imperative to these efforts.

Attend the MAP Advocacy Student Leader Summit: Saturday, Oct. 29


Student leaders from Illinois public, private, and community colleges and universities, as well as government relations, media relations, and financial aid staff members are invited to attend a summit on MAP advocacy efforts.


This summit will give student leaders an opportunity to join a statewide coalition of grassroots advocacy on behalf students who receive MAP grants.

Participants will:
  • Learn valuable advocacy tools for engaging legislators
  • Be able to coordinate their institution’s efforts with others
  • Have the opportunity to network with fellow student leaders
  • Play an instrumental role in saving MAP grants
Sessions will include:
  • “How to tell your story” using video and in-person contacts
  • Panel of elected officials offering tips for effective advocacy
  • Joint MAP advocacy initiatives planned for November, December, and January
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Saturday, October 29
9 a.m.  Check-In and registration
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Summit


Loyola's Water Tower Campus
Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall (15th Floor)
25 East Pearson Avenue

The Summit Planning Committee has representatives from the following institutions: Bradley University, DePaul University, Illinois Tech, Loyola University Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, St. Xavier University, and Wilber Wright Community College.

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