- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. (AP) - Governors State University’s trustees have unanimously approved a tuition freeze for the suburban Chicago campus in the upcoming academic year.

The trustees approved the tuition freeze on Friday and also renewed their pledge to front funds for the school’s Monetary Award Program.

The university has covered $3 million in MAP funding for more than 1,900 low-income students this academic year amid Illinois’ ongoing budget standoff.

School President Elaine Maimon says the trustees’ decision “should allow our students to enroll and concentrate on their studies without worrying about whether the State will honor its promises to them.”

The state’s budget impasse has left colleges without funding and low-income students have lost tuition grants. Social service agencies have also curtailed services for the elderly and homeless youth.

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