University Park, IL-(ENEWSPF)- Governors State University officials commended Illinois lawmakers for passing legislation that partially funds Illinois higher education. The bipartisan bill passed today is a stop gap measure designed to provide immediate funding for Illinois public universities and colleges until a final budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is reached.
Of the $600 million allocated in partial MAP and state funding for Illinois public universities, Governors State University will receive $6.97 million or 31 percent of its FY 2015 appropriations, and $1.2 million in MAP funding or 43 percent of MAP funds fronted by GSU for the 1941 students who received the grants in the Spring and Fall semesters.
Governors State University President Elaine P. Maimon thanked Illinois state legislators for passing the bill and for their bipartisan efforts to close the funding gap in higher education and to agree upon a budget for FY 2016.
“This is a welcome step in the process of meeting the emergency needs of state universities,” said Dr. Maimon. “We are optimistic that a long term solution will be reached soon and that lawmakers will continue to invest in higher education and the economic growth and vitality of the State of Illinois.”
Governors State University serves more than 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students with 64 degree and 24 certificate programs that prepare them for success in business, industry, healthcare, the arts and education. As a state university, GSU is committed to providing high-quality, accessible, and responsible higher education opportunities. GSU is located 40 miles south of Chicago in University Park, IL and offers the most affordable undergraduate tuition and fees in the state. GSU is committed to embracing diversity and academic excellence.