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Colleges and university leaders are facing a familiar issue. They are again deciding whether they can provide state grant money up front to low-income students while the state shows no sign of having a budget anytime soon. An Illinois Student Assistance Commission survey of 96 Illinois schools indicates some cash strapped schools that covered grants in the fall won't be able to duplicate that feat in the spring semester. The number of schools that will guarantee money this spring will fall from 60 percent for the fall semester to 53 percent.

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