Illinois College Students Eye Indiana Amid Home-State Budget Impasse

Mar 22, 2016

Some students at Illinois public college are opting to transfer out- of-state as political gridlock has frozen state funding.
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Illinois public colleges are strapped for cash, and that could impact higher education in Indiana.

More than halfway into the fiscal year, Illinois Republican governor Bruce Rauner and the Democratic-controlled legislature are deadlocked over the state budget.

The impasse means that state's 12 public universities and 48 community colleges haven't received one cent of state funding going on nine months.

It's a nerve-wracking time for students who are on the line for tuition because the state isn't paying out money for grants and scholarships.

Sara Wittmeyer reports, they can't help but ask, "Is it worth it?"

Given the uncertain future, some students are choosing to transfer.