ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access
ISAC Gift Assistance Programs Access (or GAP Access) is the portal through which online interactions for the purpose of data inquiries, eligibility announcements and payment requests for ISAC-administered programs are conducted. Due to the confidential nature of the student-specific data involved, a secure authentication process is required before access can be granted.
The links to each chapter of the GAP Access User Guide below provide step-by-step instructions for activating accounts for administrators and users of the GAP Access portal. ISAC will rely on an administrator (contact person) at each institution to authorize users. The GAP Access Administrator will ultimately be responsible for monitoring passwords, staff access, and security for a variety of ISAC programs. The initial request for institutional access should be made by the Financial Aid Director or High School Principal.
Ultimately, one entry point, user name and password will be used to gain access to all programs to which a user has been granted access by their school’s administrator. As additional ISAC gift assistance programs are added to the GAP Access portal, the administrator must access the User Maintenance area and update the program access and level for each user.
General questions, user name and password maintenance, and technical information about GAP Access can be answered in the User Guide.
- Activating Your GAP Access Primary Administrator Account
- Activating Other GAP Access Administrators
- Activating GAP Access User Accounts
If you have a question about information that is not addressed in the Guide, contact a School Services Representative.
This link takes you to the GAP Access Login page. Once your account has been activated, enter your user name and password to gain access to administrator and user maintenance functions, as well as any ISAC Gift Assistance Program currently available. Refer to the user guide for each program listed below to learn how to select a program, view screen examples and how to enter and submit data to ISAC.
In an effort to improve the security of ISAC client-facing websites containing personally identifiable information (PII), an enhanced security measure to GAP Access was implemented in January 2015 called 2-step authentication. When accessing GAP Access, users will need to enter their ID and password, then answer one of the three security challenge questions they provided when they initially signed up for GAP Access. This 2-step authentication process is similar to the one used on all ED systems. Refer to the step-by-step instructions link in the right menu.
Access the PDF versions of the PowerPoint presentations used during webinars discussing the various MAP processing functions on the Partner Training page. Refer to the MAP Electronic Processing page to access the MAP User Guide.
State Scholar Program (SSP)
Refer to the Required Sixth Semester Data page for a list of the required data, an explanation about submitting data via the GAP Access system and the user guide that includes screen prints and instructions for entering and submitting data to ISAC via the GAP Access System.
Illinois National Guard Program (ING)
Effective with the 2015-16 academic year, the Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant program is the newest addition to the GAP Access portal, the Internet application that allows schools to electronically process and manage information for ING. Student eligibility data is available to view beginning July 28, 2015. Access to payment data will be added in the fall of 2015. Refer to the ING Electronic Processing page to access the ING User Guide.
Gift Assistance Programs Budget Entry (MAP, IVG & ING)
Budget data for the MAP, IVG and ING programs is collected via on the School: Budget area of the GAP Access system in April of each year. Step-by-step instructions for accessing and navigating the GAP Access "School: Budget" screens are provided on the Gift Assistance Budget Instructions page and may also be viewed in a separate browser window via a link in the top right corner of the "School: Budget" screens). After logging in to GAP Access, only those staff members who have been granted authority to do so will be able to access the "Budget" option from within the "School" area of the system.