CHICAGO (CBS) — The Illinois Institute of Technology has abruptly informed students who get state-funded grants that they must repay the money they received for the previous fall semester, or not be allowed to register for upcoming summer or fall classes.
Last fall, Illinois Tech credited students who qualified for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, anticipating that the governor and state lawmakers would resolve the state’s budget stalemate and provide funding for the need-based scholarships.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
However, with no end in sight to the budget impasse, Illinois Tech students who qualified for MAP grants have been told they must come up with the money they were credited.
Student Carly Ilg thinks Illinois Tech could be handling things better.
“Low-income students are not some piggy bank that you can just take the plug out and shake it until it’s empty,” she said.