“These veterans put their lives on the line to protect our futures, we should do everything we can to help them with their futures.” - State Senator Andy Manar

VeteransRSPRINGFIELD – Additional financial support for area community colleges enrolling veterans is on its way because of the support of State Senator Andy Manar (D–Bunker Hill). With the recent restoration of funds used to reimburse local community colleges for the cost of a veteran’s tuition, schools will now have greater success and fewer obstacles when enrolling former service members.

In recent years, the state budget has failed to reimburse some community colleges for the cost of offering Veterans’ Grants. In the past, some community colleges were given priority over others for this valuable program. Senator Manar believes it’s important that community colleges in Central Illinois receive the same treatment as every other community college in the state.  

Manar successfully restored a $42,000 grant to each of the community colleges serving the 48th Senate District in Central Illinois. The restoration of these funds will lead to greater educational opportunities for veterans and to more aggressive outreach by local community colleges, including Richland Community College, Lincoln Land Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College.

Through the Illinois Veterans’ Grant, veterans can have their tuition waved when they enroll in their local community college. The benefit was designed to promote further education for veterans as they return to civilian life, but community colleges faced with tight budgets often find it hard to promote such programs if they don’t get state tuition reimbursements.

“The state should live up to paying for this promise without burdening the budgets of our community colleges, which in turn makes it easier for veterans seeking to gain higher education,” said Manar.

“Richland Community College embraces members of the armed services who wish to pursue higher education.  In the past, community colleges across the state have not received the grant funds required to reimburse for the classes provided to our veterans.  The Richland Board of Trustees and I are grateful to Senator Manar for his efforts in this area.  Richland will continue to seek out our veterans and assist them in achieving their educational dreams,” said Dr. Gayle Saunders, President of Richland Community College in Decatur.

“These veterans put their lives on the line to protect our futures, we should do everything we can to help them with their futures.” said Manar.

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