Many Illinois community colleges and universities will not cover low-income tuition waivers in the fall, unless they get state money.


That's the message from higher education leaders to the state's 125,000 students who are eligible for the monetary assistance program, or MAP, grants.

Public colleges and universities that have so far covered the cost for MAP students are sounding the alarm that they may not continue.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state’s public universities. 

The message came after a meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s budget transition team. Officials say the schools should be prepared for possible funding cuts of up to 30 percent in the next 18 months. 

NIU Media Services

Illinois' public colleges and universities are still trying to work with a new law that ties state funding to student performance. But it hasn't been easy to measure performance in a way that's equally valid across the state's dozen public university campuses. Illinois' program is specifically meant to reward schools that help low-income students, and those from the first generation in their family to go to college.