higher education funding

Pension Crisis
8:23 am
Fri May 17, 2013

IL Colleges to Pay for Employees' Pensions

Although they're facing budget cuts, universities and community colleges have said they're willing to begin taking on employees' pension costs.

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More Cuts Possible
6:14 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

WIU to Slash Spending

Credit Rich Egger

Western Illinois University administrators unveiled a plan to save $4.5 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013.

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Illinois Lt Gov Study
1:28 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Making Higher Education Affordable to All

As state funding for colleges and universities declines in Illinois, the lieutenant governor said the schools need to find ways to remain accessible to a wide range of students.

The problem is multi-faceted. The state legislature has cut support for universities in recent years. Those schools then raise tuition. That means more students rely on financial aid, but the state has been cutting that too.

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Study from Governor's Office
5:46 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Quinn: Funding Decline If Higher Ed Pensions Not Changed

Rich Egger

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's office is touting a one-page analysis claiming higher education will suffer if lawmakers fail to address Illinois' pension problem.

In the so-called study, Quinn's budget office estimates that state funding of higher education will steadily decline over the next five years.

The projections show more money would be needed to pay for university and community college employees' pensions, which would leave less for schools and scholarships for needy students.

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Public Universities Targeted
9:54 am
Tue May 29, 2012

House Proposal Would Cut WIU Funding

Rich Egger

The  Illinois House is considering a 6% cut to state universities  in next year's budget. That's nearly double the reduction  in  the budget plan that passed the Senate last week.

The  dollar amount of the cuts would vary depending on the size of the  institution.

Western Illinois University would lose nearly $3.4 million.

The  proposal also slashes $15 million from scholarships for needy students through the Monetary Assistance Program, also known as MAP Grants.

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