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Illinois students to receive increased MAP grants

DePaul student crosses the commencement stage.
DePaul University actively advocates for MAP grants to help students complete their college education. (DePaul University/Steve Woltmann)

Eligible DePaul students will receive larger MAP grants this academic year. The maximum award available for 2022-23 is now $7,200 — a 31 percent increase, or $1,704 more than the previous year.

Students who have already completed their FAFSA and enrolled for the fall quarter do not need to take any action to receive the increased MAP grant. Students who have not completed their FAFSA should consider filing soon to be considered. The deadline to complete the FAFSA has not been announced yet, and the university encourages students to file promptly.

"DePaul actively advocates for MAP grants to help students complete their college education," says Karen LeVeque, assistant vice president for financial aid at DePaul. "This increase in MAP funding is a major step forward in assisting Illinois students with affordability."

The increase in MAP funding, for the Illinois Monetary Award Program, follows Gov. J.B. Pritzker's signing into law the state operating budget for fiscal year 2023. The governor and the General Assembly recognized the urgent need to improve college affordability, and the FY23 budget includes a historically high MAP appropriation of $601 million, which is $122 million more than the previous fiscal year.

MAP is a financial aid program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. It provides taxpayer-funded grants to qualified Illinois residents who attend community colleges or public or private universities, including DePaul, in the state. Each year, approximately 4,700 DePaul students rely on MAP funding.

Complete the FAFSA form here.

Questions about MAP grants? Contact Financial Aid using one of the available options here.

Elizabeth Clements is executive director of internal and executive communications for University Marketing and Communications.