From the Register-Mail:
Carl Sandburg College will be host Friday for a public hearing regarding funding for Monetary Award Program, widely known as MAP grants.
Students, parents, community organizations and higher education leaders are welcome to participate in the meeting and provide public testimony.
The event is free and open to the public. The MAP grant hearing begins at 11:30 a.m. at CSCâ€™s Crist Student Center in Building B on the Main Campus.
The funding for the MAP program, which provides grants to 145,000 Illinois residents a year who attend approved colleges in state and demonstrate financial need, has been slashed by 50 percent for the 2009-10 school year.
Earlier this year, Knox College reported that about 250 students at the college could be affected by the grant cuts.