http://ift.tt/2fsH2kXNovember 14, 2016Updated Nov 14, 2016 at 10:41 PM CST
PEORIA, Ill. — One group that feels forgotten during this ongoing budget battle, college students who need their MAP grants.
Last year’s grants finally came through with the passing of two bills in July, but this year there’s no word if they’ll have the funding.
“This semester has been a struggle to find the money to come up with it, and I’m not sure if i’ll be able to continue here,” said Alicia Patramale, a junior at Bradley.
Cases like Alicia’s are not un-common.
In fact 25%of Bradley students rely on Map grant funding.
The Student Senate at Bradley held a rally to encourage legislators to resolve the budget issue and make sure funds become available.
“I think for Illinois for a stronger economy we need to support education,” said Brad McMillan with Bradley University.
And supporting Illinois means legislators need to get to work.
But they aren’t off to much of a good start with two democratic leaders playing hooky from the Governors’ first budget meeting Tuesday.
“Map funding is always proven to be a great use of tax dollars, we just have to go and get the budget done,” said State Senator, Dave Koehler.
And without those funds most students fear they will have to put their education on pause.
“I mean I would try to make funds for me, but honestly I don’t know what I would do. If it came down to it, I would probably have to stop schooling or try to find some other way. But I’ve taken out loans and I already hold two jobs on campus,” said Alicia.