Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


MAP Funding Update: Contact Governor Bruce Rauner

February 8, 2016

Dear Students,

As you know, the State of Illinois’s student financial aid program (MAP) has not yet been funded for this current year. Loyola has included MAP grant awards in the financial aid packages for all qualifying students, but without the state’s funding we won’t be able to continue for much longer. Nearly 2,400 of our students depend upon their MAP grants to attend Loyola each year, including many of you. And nearly all of our Arrupe College students are able to attend only thanks to their MAP grants.

There is finally a chance that the State of Illinois will pass a budget for MAP grants. The Illinois General Assembly has passed Senate Bill (SB) 2043, which fully funds MAP grants at $397 million. We understand that it will be sent to Governor Rauner on February 16.

The governor has indicated that he will veto the bill, however, so we are asking all of our students—whether you receive a MAP grant or not—to contact Governor Rauner and ask him to sign SB 2043 and fund MAP grants.

Join the #MAPMatters Campaign
February 9, Twitter Tuesday

  • Tweet the Governor @BruceRauner, and ask him to sign SB 2043.

February 10, Website Wednesday

  • Voice your opinion in support of MAP funding on the governor’s website.

February 11, Telephone Thursday

  • Call the Governor’s Office at 312.814.2121 or 217.782.0244.

February 12, Facebook Friday

When you contact the Governor’s Office, please share this simple message: “Governor Rauner, please fund MAP and sign SB 2043.”

If you do receive a MAP grant yourself, I also encourage you to share your own personal story with the governor. Let him know how important MAP grants are as you pursue your education at Loyola.

This is a statewide campaign, and you will be joining thousands of other Illinois students from colleges and universities all around the state.

There are several events being planned to support MAP:

Friday, February 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • Join us in the Damen Student Center at Lake Shore Campus or the Terry Student Center at Water Tower Campus to advocate for MAP and enjoy some hot chocolate.

Tuesday, February 16

  • Rally in downtown Chicago and Springfield, Illinois. Please contact Loyola’s Vice President for Government Affairs, Phil Hale, at phale@luc.edu for more information.

If you have any questions about MAP or this advocacy effort, please contact Phil Hale. Details are also available at LUC.edu/mapmatters.

Thank you for your help!


John P. Pelissero, PhD
Interim President