Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:24
“These veterans put their lives on the line to protect our futures, we should do everything we can to help them with their futures.” - State Senator Andy Manar
SPRINGFIELD – Additional financial support for area community colleges enrolling veterans is on its way because of the support of State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). With the recent restoration of funds used to reimburse local community colleges for the cost of a veteran’s tuition, schools will now have greater success and fewer obstacles when enrolling former service members.
In recent years, the state budget has failed to reimburse some community colleges for the cost of offering Veterans’ Grants. In the past, some community colleges were given priority over others for this valuable program. Senator Manar believes it’s important that community colleges in Central Illinois receive the same treatment as every other community college in the state.
Manar successfully restored a $42,000 grant to each of the community colleges serving the 48th Senate District in Central Illinois. The restoration of these funds will lead to greater educational opportunities for veterans and to more aggressive outreach by local community colleges, including Richland Community College, Lincoln Land Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College.