University Of Illinois Weathering Budget Storm

(Chicago, IL) — The decision by the University of Illinois to cover the absence of tuition grants because of the state budget crisis is translating to more students. While some other colleges in the state are losing students who rely on the need-based state MAP grants, enrollment is steady and applications are up at both the main and Chicago campuses of the University of Illinois. Officials say the decision to dip into reserves to cover the 59-million-dollars in grants has increased confidence among applicants that the U. of I.’s financial position is more secure than other schools, at least for now.