St. Augustine College is collaborating with Univision Radio stations in Chicago and Latino community organizations to launch a campaign aimed at creating awareness of the need to apply early for Illinois MAP Grants before funds run out. A few years ago the filing period ended in August. However, last year funds ran out on March 13, leaving a shortened period of just 2 ½ months to apply in time for funding.
Many Latinos are not benefiting from these grants due to a lack of awareness of the program or because of late applications. MAP grants can be the deciding factor on having access to higher education for many in our communities. This campaign will include on-air promotions of this message and 12 “College Access and Financial Aid” workshops targeting the Latino community in various locations in the Chicago area (every Saturday morning, 9:30am-12 noon, from December 8, 2012 to March 2, 2013).