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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn led a rally of students to push for more college funding.

The governor wants to double the state's investment in the monetary award program known as "MAP Grants."

"We have to have a learning society in Illinois," he said at a rally today in Springfield. "We have not one person to miss if they have to ability to go to college. We don't want them to be denied opportunity because of money."

Right now, Illinois allocates more than $300M  for MAP grants that help 140,000 Illinois students.

Governor Quinn wants to increase that by money by $50M to give 21,000 more students access to the funds. 

College leaders in the QCA say more MAP funding for students would make a difference. 

At Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, 200 of the 200 undergraduate students on campus receive MAP grants. 

Another 500 are eligible for the funding, but not everybody gets it. 

KWQC also checked the numbers at Augusta College... About 25% of the student body gets help from the MAP program.

Leaders there say when more students can find money, that's good news for every college in the state. 

"I think the more students that receive MAP, the more opportunity they have of enrolling at the college because we can provide that state funding for them," says Dave Myatt from the Augustana Financial Aid Department. "I think it's always important from an enrollment perspective, those funds can go directly to their tuition here at the college."

This year, sign ups for MAP funding in Illinois had one of the earliest cut-offs ever. 

Leaders in financial aid departments say if more grants become available, be sure to get paperwork in early.
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