Communique from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., urging officials to restore MAP funding 

September 2009

If you have been following the state’s budget crisis, then you may already know that the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) has been cut in half for this year and could be eliminated in its entirety next year. For DePaul, this means some 4,600 students will receive just a portion of the approximately $20 million in state financial aid they were expecting to finish out the academic year, and perhaps none next year.

We’re at a critical juncture. DePaul has joined other universities around the state to mobilize faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents and trustees to speak up by contacting their state senators and representatives and asking them to support MAP funds for low-income students.

I have met with Governor Quinn, House Speaker Madigan and Senate President Cullerton. Each has pledged his support for restoring MAP if the impasse over whether and how to raise new revenue can be resolved.

Meanwhile, DePaul’s financial aid office has been working with students and their families for many months to find ways to bridge the anticipated gap in aid for the spring quarter, but without MAP funding, we believe some students may inevitably be forced to drop out of school. If the cuts to MAP continue or the program is eliminated, DePaul will find it increasingly difficult to continue our mission to educate needy students in Illinois.

I encourage all Illinois residents to contact their state legislators in Springfield immediately, before the mid-October veto session begins, and tell them how much you care about the state's financial aid for disadvantaged students.

To identify your state legislators, visit: http://www.elections.state.il.us/DistrictLocator/SELECTSEARCHTYPE.aspx

The Federation of Independent Colleges and Universities has created a Web site to make contacting your legislators very simple. Click here and follow the links to e-mail your state legislators: http://capwiz.com/naicu/il/home/​​