Connect The Dots

And it’ll make a big ol’ frowny face.

Dot #1: 1 in 4 high school students drop out.

Dot #2: The State of Illinois is out of MAP funds:

Current and prospective college students who apply now hoping to get state tuition help for next school year will be turned away, officials said Tuesday.

The state is on pace to receive a record number of applications for 2012-13 from the Monetary Award Program, the primary source of need-based financial aid. The scholarship money, awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, was depleted by students who applied by March 13.

It’s the earliest the state has run out of funds for MAP grants, said John Samuels, spokesman for the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, the agency that administers the program. About 140,000 to 145,000 students are expected to get the aid, worth up to $4,968. An estimated 140,000 eligible students will be denied.

Dot #3: A change in Federal Financial Aid goes into effect on July 1st that will preclude students without a high school diploma or GED from qualifying under “Ability To Benefit.”

The future is going to be GREAT!