Press Release

Suburban College Students Join Sente in Push to Protect Access to Higher Education


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – College students from suburban communities joined state Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, in Springfield this week to stand with her in supporting funding for higher education.

“As state representative, one of my top priorities is to advocate for Illinois students by protecting their ability to access a world-class education and ensuring that their voices are heard in the General Assembly,” Sente said. “It is reassuring to see our young people taking an active role in state government, as the policy decisions of today will have a long-lasting effect on their futures.”

Sente met with students from her district during the Illinois Public University Student Lobby Day, an event coordinated by various student governments from public universities allowing students to visit the State Capitol, urge legislators to reject cuts to higher education funding and restore Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants. The lack of a state budget has threatened the college careers of many students who depend on forms of financial aid to afford their college education.

In addition to supporting a higher education budget that protected MAP funding earlier this year, Sente has championed legislation and held outreach events focused on making a college education more affordable for students and their families.

State Rep. Carol Sente welcomes University of Illinois students from her district to the State Capitol.