More than $20 million coming to Central Illinois colleges in new grant

The Minor Myers Jr. Center at Illinois Wesleyan. (WJBC file photo)


SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Board of Higher Education announced the recipients of $400 million in grants on Monday.

An IBHE news release states the money comes through the Independent Colleges Capital Investment Grant and will be awarded to 45 higher-education institutions.

The program’s stated goal is to provide financial assistance to “private, not-for-profit, and universities” for campus infrastructure to provide equitable learning to Illinois students.

“Adequate campus facilities and infrastructure are important in ensuring our students have equitable learning experiences,” said IBHE Executive Director Ginger Ostro.

She continued, “Private institutions are a valuable part of Illinois’ higher education ecosystem, and these funds will help institutions complement the work to close equity gaps outlined in each institution’s equity plan.”

Locally, Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington received $5,060,306 and Eureka College in Eureka received $3,080,934.

The full list of recipients can be found below:

InstitutionAmount Awarded
Adler University$3,903,166
Augustana College$6,676,694
Aurora University$15,418,277
Benedictine University$6,604,497
Blackburn College$2,782,123
Bradley University$14,858,758
Columbia College Chicago$17,748,602
Concordia University Chicago$7,721,529
Depaul University$43,073,336
Dominican University$7,520,984
East-West University$2,006,733
Elmhurst University$9,081,220
Eureka College$3,080,934
Greenville University$3,909,182
Illinois College$4,103,709
Illinois College of Optometry$3,568,257
Illinois Institute of Technology$17,710,498
Illinois Wesleyan University$5,060,306
Judson University$3,798,883
Knox College$4,111,732
Lake Forest College$5,467,411
Lewis University$15,400,228
Loyola University of Chicago$36,722,099
McKendree University$5,551,639
Methodist College/Unity Point Health$1,721,960
Millikin University$5,619,825
Monmouth College$3,540,181
Morrison Institute of Technology$350,408
National Louis University$11,439,621
National University of Health Sciences$3,145,108
North Central College$7,356,538
North Park University$6,347,801
Northwestern University$48,907,150
Olivet Nazarene University$10,717,518
Principia College$1,639,737
Quincy University$4,212,003
Rockford University$4,061,596
Roosevelt University$8,323,162
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science$8,120,613
Saint Augustine College$3,040,825
Saint Xavier University$8,389,342
Trinity Christian College$3,674,545
University of St. Francis$5,822,375
VanderCook College of Music$456,697
Wheaton College$7,232,201

Source: IBHE

The recipients distributed on a two-part formula, a “base grant based on the Fall 2017 student enrollment numbers as reported to IBHE” and an “FTE grant based on the Fall 2022 student enrollment numbers as reported to IBHE.”

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