Faculty Senate: Fund MAP grants

By Jackie Nevarez

Faculty Senate will propose a resolution to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state legislature to urge an end to the budget impasse and fund Monetary Assistance Program grants.

The resolution, which is set to be proposed at a Wednesday meeting, addresses Rauner’s 31.5 percent cut to NIU’s state funding. The cut would amount to a $29.4 deduction from Fiscal Year 2015 when NIU was allocated about $93 million.

The budget impasse between the Republican governor and democratic state legislature has led to a halt in the dispersal of MAP grant funding to NIU and other colleges and universities in the state. NIU, however, credited more than 5,000 students with estimates of what they would have received if there was a state budget.

The Faculty Senate’s resolution calls for the governor and state legislature to fully fund MAP grant funding for “students who, otherwise, will not be able to attend this or any university in the State of Illinois,” according to Wednesday’s meeting agenda.

This resolution will be proposed on the eve of Rauner’s visit to DeKalb for the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation’s Annual Dinner and State of the County event 5 p.m. Thursday in the Holmes Student Center, Duke Ellington Ballroom.

The Student Association will hold a rally at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commons to urge for MAP grant funding and an end to the budget impasse before the event. More than 200 people are listed as “going,” according to a Facebook event page for the rally.