Senator Bennett


SPRINGFIELD – Following the Senate’s passage of a balanced budget, State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) voted to prioritize students.

“This year has been tough on so many people, but especially our students,” Bennett said. “This budget maintains funding for higher education and increases support for need-based tuition assistance programs, offering the University of Illinois and our area community colleges the opportunity to continue providing a world-class education to the next generation.” 

The governor’s proposal also increases funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant program, which provides financial assistance to Illinois residents who attend approved Illinois colleges. The additional funding will help ensure current and future recipients continue to have access to academic opportunities.

“Following an unprecedented year, I’m pleased that we have crafted a budget that prioritizes our students first and puts Illinois on the path towards stability,” Bennett said.

The Senate voted 37-21 to adopt the spending plan for Fiscal Year 2022.