Illinois legislative leaders say they have agreed to come up with money for college financial aid.
Lawmakers emerging from a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn say they agreed to appropriate an extra $200 million for the Monetary Award Program. But they said they haven't figured out where to get the money.
Quinn signed a budget in July that provided only about half of the the $440 million MAP's funding. The Legislature gave him $1.2 billion in discretionary spending but he did not use any of that for MAP.
Senate President John Cullerton, a Chicago Democrat, says the General Assemblly will appropriate $200 milllion to help 137,000 students pay tuition. But he acknowledged it will be next spring until they determine how to pay it.