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2017-18 MAP Update: Limited Release of Awards in Suspense Status


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The following information is being shared to assist colleges in the administration of the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

Limited Release of 2017-18 MAP Awards in Suspense Status

As was explained in a December 15 e-Message, when early filing of the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) commenced on October 1, ISAC staff began to monitor and analyze MAP application volume and projected claim rates. Because a fiscal year 2017 (FY17) appropriation for MAP has not yet been determined, FY18 projections are being made based on the FY15 MAP funding level, which is the most recent fiscal year for which there was a final state budget.

The December 15th e-Message also noted that ISAC would continue to monitor applications to determine a potential release. At this time, total application volume for 2017-18 is lower than had been projected and lower than in prior years. As a result, ISAC is releasing 2017-18 MAP grants from suspense status for students whose initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) receipt dates were December 22, 2016 through and including January 15, 2017. These released records may be viewed in the MAP system [which is accessed through the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs Access (GAP Access) portal], starting on Monday, February 6, 2017. All 2017-18 MAP grants for eligible students with initial FAFSA receipt dates on or after January 16, 2017, remain in suspense status.

Identifying Student Records – MAP Filter/Report

Colleges will want to identify student records included in the limited release of suspense, as well as those that will remain in suspense status, for a variety of reasons (i.e., file review and repackaging, etc.). The MAP Student List Eligibility: View screen contains filters that allow you to identify both those groups of student records.

To identify student records released from suspense, create a listing of student records using a date range. For example, you can create a report that identifies students by application receipt date (i.e., the initial FAFSA receipt date) using the 2017-18 release from suspension dates (December 22, 2016 through January 15, 2017) to identify the records in that range.

The filter will also allow the user to create a report of those records that remain in suspense status.

Further details regarding identifying student records are provided at the Suspension of MAP Award Announcements page, located within the MAP section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area.

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