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Students will receive MAP grant funding for the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 academic years.

Columbia receives MAP grant funding after state budget approval

July 25, 2017

Students who have been in financial abyss because of Monetary Award Program grant shortfalls can rest easy thanks to action in Springfield. After more than two years, Illinois has a budget for the full fiscal year after the state legislature overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget ...

Gov. Bruce Rauner accused the Democratic lawmakers of toying with children's education to achieve their political agenda at a July 24 press conference.

CTU President: Stop pitting Chicago against the suburbs

July 25, 2017

Public schools may still not open on time, even though the Illinois legislature passed its first budget in more than two years.The Illinois House overrode Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget package veto July...

Another year, no budget: No MAP grants could again affect college enrollment

Another year, no budget: No MAP grants could again affect college enrollment

April 3, 2017

As class registration approaches, students face uncertainties regarding whether or not they will receive their Monetary Award Program grants for the 2017–2018 academic year. The state’s ongoing budget impasse has left Illinois students without the need-based grants since July 201...

2016 cinema art and science alumnus Jay Españo wrote and directed short film “Mahal” that will be featured in upcoming film festivals around the world. 

Alumnus short film gains international recognition

February 27, 2017

An alumnus’ short film was recently awarded the 2016 Diamond Award for the Student Film Competition at the California Film Awards and is scheduled to premiere in several film festivals throughout the rest of the year. Jay Españo’s 17-minute short film, titled “Mahal,” tel...

Rauner: ‘Let’s put Illinois back on the road to prosperity’

By Eric Bradach

February 15, 2017

Creating a balanced budget and jobs as well as more “comprehensive” state budget methods were the goals Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined Feb. 15 in his 2017 Budget Address.The road has been tough for the two-year politician. Rauner has been unable to compromise with the Democratically controlled General Assembly on a proposed spending plan since he took office, and the more than 19-month budget impasse has damaged the state...

Educational institutions should be safe havens

December 5, 2016

Many times along the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump emphasized his strong stance on ending illegal immigration, which included a plan to stop federal funding to “sanctuary cities.” There is no legal definition of sanctuary cities, nor do they have an official status or affiliation. Cities fall under this umbrella if they have policies that protect illegal or undocumented immigrants from having their citizen...

Notable Native: Joshua Hale

Joshua Hale promotes funding to inner-city students through philanthropy and organizations such as the Big Shoulders Fund.

By Metro Reporter

November 14, 2016

In the midst of teachers’ strikes, budget problems, overcrowded classrooms, education in Chicago has been a topic of concern in recent years. Addressing these issues is immensely important because it...

Postcard campaign urges state to fund MAP grants

Postcard campaign urges state to fund MAP grants

By Campus Reporter

October 31, 2016

While some students are getting ready to register for the upcoming semester, others are worrying about how they will continue to afford college without Illinois Monetary Award Program grants.Among the stu...

Depression is not an acceptable side effect of safe sex

Depression is not an acceptable side effect of safe sex

By Opinions Editor

October 17, 2016

Scientists involved in a recent Danish study on hormonal birth control are urging doctors to be more judicious in their prescription choices, especially if their clients have a history of mental illness a...

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois Democrats agreed to provide emergency funding for various state colleges and universities as well as the state-funded Monetary Award Program. It has yet to be known how the MAP funding will affect Columbia.

State legislature approves higher education funding

April 23, 2016

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and state Democrats came to a rare agreement April 22 to provide emergency funding for Illinois institutions of higher education as well as the state-funded Monetary Award Progra...

The Faculty Senate discussed and approved two motions regarding summer graduate credit hours and the position of academic ombudsperson on April 8.

Faculty Senate approves two new motions

April 11, 2016

The Faculty Senate approved two motions at its April 8 meeting that would reduce the number of summer credits required for graduate students to be considered full-time students. The Senate also modified a ...

What is a student center without students?

April 11, 2016

While the state continues to function without a budget, Illinois colleges must choose whether or not to fund students’ Monetary Award Program grants for a second academic year.  These state-funded grants for low-income students can make or break their ability to attend college at all.Some schools, such as the Illinois Institute of Technology, are seeking repayment of funds advanced in Fall 2015, while wealthier schools, su...

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