NIU has had the good fortune of being able to fund MAP grants during the budget impasse, but has informed recipients that, should the state fail to fund the program, they may be on the hook for some or all of the grant money, which amounts to a maximum annual award of about $4,720.
NIU spokesman Joe King said students should receive their 2017-18 MAP grants on time, and the state has reimbursed the university for the grants from past years.
Had the MAP grant funds not been appropriated for this fiscal year, Vonch said she probably would have had to resort to additional student loans, which she said could become burdensome ahead of three more years of college and pharmacy school.
“It’s one less loan that I don’t have to take out, which is always helpful,” Vonch said. “Now I’m not having to kill myself during the school year to come up with the extra money.”