Governor Rod Blagojevich has recommended a new funding formula for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant which will open up new opportunities for students across the state.
MAP Grants allow students who may not otherwise afford a college education to gain access and new opportunities. Governor Blagojevich promotes the idea that every student should receive the same amount of grant support for a college education, regardless of the college he or she chooses to attend, by allowing (for MAP Grant purposes) an amount to be calculated in the formula equal roughly to the cost of tuition at the largest public university in the state.
The changes to the MAP Grant funding formula will allow 1,000 additional students access to a college education without costing the state any additional money.
MAP Grants provide assistance to eligible students demonstrating financial need. The grants are applied toward tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students. Approved Illinois public and private two- and four-year colleges, universities, hospital schools and certain other degree-granting institutions participate in the MAP Grant program.
Rend Lake College offers students access to excellent educational opportunities for transfer and occupational programs, as well as business training. RLC offers Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Engineering Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as numerous occupational certificates.
Classes are available at the Ina campus as well as the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon and the RLC Murphy-Wall Pinckneyville Campus.
For more information about financial aid and scholarships at Rend Lake College, contact the Financial Aid Office at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1385 or 1298, or the Rend Lake College Foundation Office at Ext. 1213 or 1324, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321.