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MAP grant expansion may help more students in Illinois

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - The Monetary Award Program, or MAP grant, helps students in the most need find funding for college and universities, and now, Gov. Pat Quinn wants to expand this to more students.

Quinn announced the Map grant awarded 373 million dollars in the 2013-14 school year to students all over the state. John Wood Director of Financial Aid Melanie Luchtenberg says she's glad the state wants to focus on education.

"As a director of financial aid in our region, I understand the importance of education," Luchtenberg said. "This will really allow us to put down the foundation for young people to go to school; as well as adult learners who want to go back to school, that want to look for a different career path."

Dana Cramer is a student at John Wood Community College, and she says the money she receives with the MAP Grant helps her attend college. Cramer says she pays for college herself and without this grant from the state, she would not be able to afford college and would have to drop out. She says getting this extra grant helps her keep the stress off.

"The extra money means I don't have to work as many hours so I have more time to put toward school," Cramer said. "I am not as stressed worrying about can I pay this or do I have enough money for that. It is really helpful."

Luchtenberg says that the MAP grant is based off when someone files their FAFSA. Those who file it after the deadline become ineligible for the grant.

Luchtenberg says the deadline has changed in the past five years. She says the previous deadline was in April, but last year the deadline was March 1. Luchtenberg says this year it sounds like it will be mid February, so she recommends filing your FAFSA as soon as possible.
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