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Higher education advocates find new optimism at Capitol Higher education advocates find new optimism at Capitol

Higher education advocates find new optimism at Capitol

There was much ado about higher education in the Illinois Capitol Thursday, as lawmakers discussed funding increases for higher education, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill to strengthen a financial aid program and higher education advocates rallied on the Capitol rotunda.

Pritzker signed House Bill 2505, allowing universities to retain unused funding for the Aspirational Institutional Match Helping Illinois Grow Higher Education, or AIM HIGH, program. The program helps students who meet income and performance requirement obtain financial aid at state universities.

University of Illinois makes pitch for 16.5 percent state funding increase University of Illinois makes pitch for 16.5 percent state funding increase

University of Illinois makes pitch for 16.5 percent state funding increase

Representatives of the University of Illinois System made their official pitch Thursday for a 16 percent budget increase to an Illinois Senate appropriations committee. The fiscal year 2020 operating budget request is for $692.5 million, up from $594.6 million for fiscal year 2019. When adjusted for a 2.5 percent inflation rate, the number is slightly below 2015 fiscal year levels and...
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