EIU President: University receiving $12.5 million in funding

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CHARLESTON – Eastern Illinois University President David Glassman announced in an email to the university community that EIU will be receiving funding.

“I am pleased to report that a few hours ago, Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB2059 into law. As a result, each of the state’s public universities and community colleges soon should receive financial support to be applied toward our respective FY (Fiscal Year) 2016 budget allocations,” Glassman wrote.

The University will receive $12.5 million for its operations, as well as partial funding for the Monetary Award Program (MAP). President Glassman says this is one-third of what the University received in FY 2015 for its state operating budget.

On behalf of the EIU faculty and staff, Glassman extended thanks to both sides of the General Assembly for coming together for this decision.

“We understand this is a step toward a comprehensive FY16 budget, and anticipate further conciliation in continuing support of an accessible and affordable quality higher education for all citizens of Illinois,” Glassman adds.

Glassman also thanked the campus community for making their voices heard as advocates of EIU.

“Our state universities and colleges are an integral investment for the future of our state and reliable state funding will ensure its positive and vital return,” Glassman writes.

He concluded the email by saying he looks forward to the next academic year at Eastern Illinois University and welcoming another new class of students in the fall.

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