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Monmouth College Backs Up MAP Grant Students

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As Illinois college students wait for MAP grants, another local college is telling its students to rest easy. Yesterday, Monmouth College announced it will not hold students responsible for the lack of Monetary Assistance Program funding. 

Instead, the college plans to list any MAP grant charges to student accounts as "pending" for the rest of this school year. President Clarence Wyatt says that will continue during next school year if the program remains un-funded.
 
Wyatt came to Monmouth from Centre College in Kentucky in 2014. He's relatively new to Illinois politics, but says the state's budget problems have gone on far too long.

Nearly half of Monmouth students are eligible for MAP Grants. Illinois now owes them about $2.5 million in unpaid grants.

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