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Quinn proposes $50M MAP grant expansion

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting his plan to increase the number of need-based scholarships over the next five years.

Quinn wants to double the number of Monetary Award Program scholarships for college students.

The state budget allocates $373 million for MAP grants. Quinn's proposed budget calls for a $50 million increase. He estimates 21,000 more students will be able to attend college because of it.
  
WGEM spoke with a John Wood Community College student who says extending MAP scholarships would be helpful for students.

"MAP is great because it helps a lot of students like me," Lynsey Whitaker said. "I'm a first generation college student, and I'm paying for college all on my own. MAP helps me get through college because its definitely a financial burden. If I didn't have MAP or any kind of financial aid, I would definitely have to pay a lot more. "

Quinn wants to make the temporary income tax increase permanent in his budget, saying that'll help avoid deep cuts to education and other services. However, Republicans say the tax should be allowed to roll back and spending should be cut elsewhere.

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