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2018-19 MAP Data Now Available via GAP Access


Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (

As explained in a September 14 e-Message, an unexpected lack of a quorum of commissioners at the September 13 meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission meant that the 2018-19 Monetary Award Program (MAP) start-up formula could not be presented for a vote. The proposed start-up formula, which is the same as the 2017-18 recompute formula, will be presented to the Commission for approval at its November 15, 2017 meeting.

In the meantime, in order to provide colleges with the data they need to assist students, ISAC has implemented 2018-19 start-up activities. Colleges should be aware that, while unlikely, there remains the possibility of a change in the 2018-19 start-up formula as a result of the November Commission meeting. Information from that meeting will be shared with the financial aid community via the usual means of communication (the MAP Program News page, the FAA Message Board, and this e-Messaging service).

Effective today (Monday, October 23, 2017), 2018-19 MAP data based on the anticipated start-up formula may be accessed via the MAP component of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal. All 2018-19 Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) received by ISAC through (including) Friday, October 20, 2017 are available with their accompanying eligibility status information. Daily processing of 2018-19 ISIR and eligibility status information has commenced.

Processing Details

  • The GAP Access portal, including the MAP system, is available each day between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (CT).
  • The MAP system (accessed via GAP Access) works best using Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher.
  • When applying the 2018-19 start-up formula, the maximum annual award amount for the MAP grant is being reduced by 2%, which makes the effective maximum $4,869.00.

More Information Available at

The MAP section within the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area has been updated with the proposed 2018-19 start-up formula. Details regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, and guidance regarding rounding, are also available.

2018-19 MAP 160 Byte File Layout Specifications may be accessed via the Electronic Tools area of the e-Library.

Be sure to regularly visit the MAP Program News page for new updates, and watch for future communications via this e-Messaging system.

Notification to Applicants

Colleges are required to announce MAP awards to eligible students enrolled at their institutions. ISAC will mail letters only to students who are in a default status on an ISAC-guaranteed student loan. A copy of the Default Resolution Options document, outlining how to regain federal and state student aid eligibility, is enclosed with each Default Status notification. Notifications are dated and mailed after ISAC processes ISIRs.

Refer to the MAP Award Announcements page for details regarding college requirements, as well as samples of the required award letter language and ISAC-generated notifications.

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If you have any questions regarding this e-Message, please contact ISAC's School Services Department by calling toll free at 866.247.2172 or sending an e-mail message to