Lewis University students were among the many veterans advocating for the Monetary Assistance Program (MAP) on Student Veterans Leadership Day in Springfield Ill.
More than 100 students from 30 higher education institutions trekked to the state’s capitol to discuss concerns with legislators.
Seven veterans from Lewis University and Roman Ortega Jr., director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs, met with Senator Pat McGuire to discuss the importance of the MAP grant. The current state budget impasse has affected the financial aid 125,000 Illinois students in need as they pursue college studies. The maximum award for MAP grants is $4,720 annually.
The MAP grant recipients have not received their funding for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Lewis University veterans explained to Sen. McGuire that the grant benefits student veterans who do not qualify 100 percent for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. National Guardsmen, Reservist and student veterans, who have exhausted their education benefits, are impacted by the grant. These student veterans depend on the MAP grant to cover a portion of their tuition and fees while subsidizing the remainder of the cost through Pell grants, student loans and scholarships.
Lewis University is recognized as the Best for Vets among Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2016 by Military Times and second among private universities in the nation. It has been designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine since the inception of the award in 2010.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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