Budget crisis by the numbers
The state of Illinois has been without a spending plan since July 2015–thanks to gridlock in Springfield, Ill. While some of the state’s core functions are funded by court order and consent decree, universities have received a fraction of their regular funding over the last two years. The impasse has become a crisis on college campuses across Illinois, as state universities reduce staff and cut services.
- The University of Illinois System has lost $763.7 million over the last two years.
- The U of I System faces $2 billion in deferred maintenance.
- Funding for need-based financial aid has forced the three Universities to finance–nearly $60 million per year–Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for students.