UI leaders happy with governor's budget

By Anna Carrera

Published 03/27 2014 12:22PM

Updated 03/27 2014 12:25PM

ILLINOIS -- One of Governor Quinn's plans include the biggest investment in education in state history. UIUC leaders weren't expecting this. They were actually expecting cuts.

The UI's chief financial officer says they could have missed out on about $80 million, so they were relieved to hear the governor doesn't plan to cut their budget. No extra money for the upcoming year, but Quinn's proposal would give them the same amount as last year.

About a third of the universities' budget comes from the state. That's why this is such a big deal. UI leader say they're glad the governor wants to invest in education.

His plan includes doubling the state's investment in the Monetary Assistance Program, or MAP scholarships. That would help students in need pay for college.

University leaders say, even though they were happy with Wednesday's proposal, none of it is set in stone, so they'll be watching to see how the budget pans out in the next few months, then how long it takes for money to get to them after it's approved.

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