Support The U of I System's State Budget Appropriation
Please support the University of Illinois System by asking your state legislators to:
- Support Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s introduced budget of $650.9 million for the University of Illinois System.
The U of I System is at risk of major harm due to the COVID-19 crisis, an impact that would be compounded by a lack of proper funding from state government. Illinois needs a strong U of I System that educates our students, invests in our economy and provides critical research and services to the state and our communities.
This funding level would allow us to maintain current levels of financial aid to students, provide support for mandated bargaining unit increases, and help offset some of our increased costs related to COVID-19.
Please TAKE ACTION and ask your state legislators to vote for Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s introduced budget of $650.9 million for the University of Illinois System.
The COVID-19 crisis has been financially challenging for the U of I System, with an estimated impact that amounts to over $158 million in costs and lost revenues projected through June, not including the significant financial impact on our hospital, which is on the frontlines helping our communities recover from COVID-19. Combined with the effects of the past state budget impasse, the U of I System’s tuition freeze for the past five years, and annual cost increases due to inflation and mandated bargaining unit agreements, these issues have placed considerable strain on the system and threatened our financial position. And although we have experienced strong student demand in recent years, uncertainty due to COVID-19 will likely have a significant impact on enrollments in the summer, fall and spring terms.
Flat state funding, or even a seemingly moderate 5 percent decrease in funding, would have a substantial negative impact on the U of I System, wiping out our critical plans to invest in hiring faculty and result in reduced class offerings. Such a reduction will negatively impact student progress and delay their graduation.
The state needs a strong University of Illinois System now more than ever. Through this crisis, the U of I System has been an indispensable partner to state government and the community. Our experts are helping develop the modeling for the spread of COVID-19, constructing a statewide approach to testing and tracing cases, and providing frontline medical services through UI Health to heal our communities. The U of I System is fulfilling its land grant mission by harnessing our technical expertise, medical resources and research capabilities to help steer Illinois and the country through the pandemic.
Please TAKE ACTION and ask your state legislators to vote for the Governor’s introduced budget of $650.9 million for the University of Illinois System.
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