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MAP Funding Update: Contact Governor Bruce Rauner

February 8, 2016

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you know, the State of Illinois’s student financial aid program (MAP) has not yet been funded for this current year. Loyola has included MAP grant awards in the financial aid packages for all qualifying students, but without the state’s funding we won’t be able to continue for much longer. 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.

There is finally a chance that the State of Illinois will pass a budget for MAP grants. The Illinois General Assembly has passed Senate Bill (SB) 2043, which fully funds MAP grants at $397 million. We understand that it will be sent to Governor Rauner on February 16.

The governor has indicated that he will veto the bill, however, so we are asking members of the Loyola community to contact Governor Rauner and ask him to sign SB 2043 and fund MAP grants.

Join the #MAPMatters Campaign:
February 9, Twitter Tuesday

  • Tweet the Governor @BruceRauner, and ask him to sign SB 2043.

February 10, Website Wednesday

  • Voice your opinion in support of MAP funding on the governor’s website.

February 11, Telephone Thursday

  • Call the Governor’s Office at 312.814.2121 or 217.782.0244.

February 12, Facebook Friday

When you contact the Governor’s Office, please share this simple message: “Governor Rauner, please fund MAP and sign SB 2043.”

This is a statewide campaign, and you will be joining thousands of supporters from colleges and universities all around the state. There is also an on-campus event being planned to support MAP:

Friday, February 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Join us in the Damen Student Center at Lake Shore Campus or the Terry Student Center at Water Tower Campus to advocate for MAP and enjoy some hot chocolate.

If you have any questions about MAP or this advocacy effort, please contact Loyola’s Vice President for Government Affairs, Phil Hale, at phale@luc.edu for more information. Details are also available at LUC.edu/mapmatters.

Thank you for your help!

Sincerely,

John P. Pelissero, PhD
Interim President