Illinois Rallying to Support Low-Income College Students

Illinois Rallying to Support Low-Income College Students

SPRINGFIELD (AP) – The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), Illinois Community College Board, and Illinois Student Assistance Commission are rallying private funders to support grants to meet emergency needs of low-income students at the state’s public colleges and universities.

To date, the fund has raised $550,000. The money raised will be allocated to public universities and community colleges based on their percentage and number of low-income students.

“While colleges and universities are doing all they can to help students during this pandemic, vulnerable students still face the unstable housing, food insecurity, or lack computer equipment and internet access,” IBHE Executive Director Ginger Ostro explained. “This fund will help meet those needs.”

Illinois public universities serve more than 50,000 low-income students, and the state’s community colleges serve more than 81,000 low-income students.