CHICAGO – State Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, highlighted record funding of Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants which will help 1,614 local families afford a college education. 

“My Northwest Side community should feel proud that more than sixteen hundred local students can now afford to go to college,” Andrade said. “MAP grants continue to be an important tool in our toolbox that make a four-year degree more affordable for everyday families. University costs continue to rise out of control, so I’m looking forward to challenging my colleagues in Springfield to tackle this problem head on and with profound action.” 

The new state budget Andrade worked to pass includes a major investment in college affordability, including a historic increase in funding for MAP grants. This new investment helped 2,109 local students secure a total of $7,269,373 in financial aid. 

“My family worked hard day and night to make my dreams of going to college a reality, and I’m doing the same for my community with continued support for MAP grant funding,” Andrade said. “Millions more is being dedicated to this program, so I hope more students will check their eligibility and receive the grant money they deserve.” 

For more information on MAP grants and ISAC opportunities, visit their website at


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