Millions of dollars released to IL colleges and universities - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Millions of dollars released to IL colleges and universities

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

For the first time in more than seven months, money has been released to state colleges and universities in Illinois.

According to Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, colleges and universities had not received a dime in state funding since the stopgap budget expired on January 1, 2017.

Mendoza said $327 million for the Monetary Award Program will go toward an estimated 110,000 students across the state who qualified for it during for the 2016-2017 school year.

“The state’s institutions of higher education were devastated by the budget crisis and their mistreatment proved to a be a breaking point for legislators on both sides of the aisle," said Mendoza. "Delivering this money will provide immediate aid to students, parents, faculty and administrators who have struggled for more than two years to pay their bills.”

Mendoza said she has also directed her office to work with the universities and colleges to begin issuing another $160 million to public universities and community colleges for operational support from the state. Payments have already begun to be released as vouchers are submitted to the Office.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2017 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • First Alert: mild day, rain chances late tonight

    First Alert: mild day, rain chances late tonight

    Friday, November 24 2017 11:13 AM EST2017-11-24 16:13:11 GMT
    (Source: James Gullage, cNews)(Source: James Gullage, cNews)

    Laura Wibbenmeyer says thanks to some breezy southerly winds, highs today will top out in the lower 60s across most of the areas. There will be some clouds, but mostly sunny skies are expected today.

    Laura Wibbenmeyer says thanks to some breezy southerly winds, highs today will top out in the lower 60s across most of the areas. There will be some clouds, but mostly sunny skies are expected today.

  • 2 killed, 1 injured in Ripley Co., MO crash

    2 killed, 1 injured in Ripley Co., MO crash

    Friday, November 24 2017 10:53 AM EST2017-11-24 15:53:09 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    Two people were killed and one person injured following a crash in Ripley County on Thanksgiving night. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Route K on Nov. 24, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. 

    Two people were killed and one person injured following a crash in Ripley County on Thanksgiving night. It happened just after 10:30 p.m. on Route K on Nov. 24, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. 

  • Deal seekers out early on Black Friday in Cape Girardeau, MO

    Deal seekers out early on Black Friday in Cape Girardeau, MO

    Friday, November 24 2017 9:23 AM EST2017-11-24 14:23:15 GMT

    While a lot of people are doing some shopping online, Black Friday still offers plenty of deals and a shopping experience you just can't get on your couch. Some Heartland deal-seekers got an early start to their holiday shopping.

    While a lot of people are doing some shopping online, Black Friday still offers plenty of deals and a shopping experience you just can't get on your couch. Some Heartland deal-seekers got an early start to their holiday shopping.

Powered by Frankly