SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Jacqueline Suriano has turned to crowdfunding to finance her college education. The 26-year-old Illinois Institute of Technology psychology major has an online fundraising page to cover a spring-semester shortfall. With no state budget, the government can't pay the $2,300 Monetary Award Program grant it promised Suriano. Colleges across Illinois fronted millions of dollars in MAP funding for the fall. Large universities will continue funding the income-based grants for the spring, but others including IIT in Chicago can't afford to do so.

SIU researcher using "Kickstarter" to fund work

Jun 7, 2013

As federal and state funding sources grow scarce, an SIU researcher is hoping crowdfunding may help bridge the gap.