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Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated March 18, 2019)

2019-20 MAP Start-Up
2019-20 Award Announcements
2019-20 MAP File Specifications
2018-19 Program Funding
Limited Release of 2018-19 MAP Awards in Suspense
2018-19 Payment
2018-19 Recompute
Suspension of 2018-19 Award Announcements
Additional MAP References


MAP Start-Up Formula

The 2019-20 MAP data – reflecting the start-up formula that was approved at the September 13, 2018 Commission meeting is anticipated to be available to access via the MAP component of the GAP Access portal beginning October 10, 2018. All 2019-20 Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) received by ISAC through (including) Tuesday, October 9, 2018 will be available with their accompanying eligibility status information and daily processing of 2019-20 ISIR and eligibility status information will commence. When applying the 2019-20 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.

The MAP pages within this section have been updated to include the proposed 2019-20 start-up formula, information regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, guidance regarding rounding, 2019-20 Hand Calculation Forms – Start-up forms. Refer to the MAP electronic processing page for information about the MAP system and with a links the 2019-20 File specifications and user guides.

Award Announcements

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 a sample of the 2019-20 Required School-Issued Award Letter Language and ISAC-generated notifications.

MAP File Specifications

The MAP file specifications have been updated for the 2019-20 processing cycle. The 160-byte file layout is pertinent to schools utilizing the file extraction features of the MAP system or for sending payment requests for MAP to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The 2019-20 MAP 160-Byte File Specifications are available from the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library.


Program Funding

The 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019) appropriation for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) is $401,341,900.

Limited Release of 2018-19 MAP Awards in Suspense

ISAC staff has been analyzing application volume and claim rates for the 2018-19 Monetary Award Program (MAP), and has determined that no additional records in suspense status will be released. All MAP grants for eligible students with an initial Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) receipt date on or after April 5, 2018 will remain in suspense status.

Refer to the MAP Suspense page for information on how to identify records in a suspension status or released from suspension in the MAP system. The 2018-19 MAP Applicant Award Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application (FAFSA®) receipt date.


Colleges may submit third-term payment requests (claims), as well as increases to previously-submitted first- and second-term claims, via the GAP Access portal and by File Transfer Protocol (FTP). All 2018-19 MAP claims for the third term, and adjustments to increase claims for the first and second term, are due to ISAC on or before June 1, 2019.

All initial first- and second-term late claims will be held until after June 1, at which time analysis will take place to determine whether they will be paid. If analysis supports such action, late claims will be paid on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, colleges are encouraged to continue to submit initial claims for all terms. However, do not resubmit initial claims that have already been submitted, as the new (duplicate) record will overlay the previous record and the submission date will be changed to the later date.

Details regarding the MAP payment process can be found on the 2018-19 MAP Payment page and in the Payment chapter of the MAP user guide found on the and the MAP Electronic Processing page.

MAP Recompute Formula

On June 14, 2018, the ISAC Commissioners approved continuing the 2018-19 (FY19) Start-up MAP eligibility formula as the FY19 Recompute Formula. In addition, the Commission approved reducing second- and third-term awards in the unlikely event that, following receipt of first-term claims, if it is determined necessary to do so in order to stay within the appropriation.

The approved FY19 recompute formula is outlined in the June 14, 2018 Agenda Book (Item 6) in the e-Library and on the 2018-19 MAP Formula page within this section. Also available within the MAP pages is information regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, guidance for rounding and information about MAP electronic processing.

Schools’ will be notified when the recompute formula will be implemented in the 2018-19 MAP component of the GAP Access portal.

Suspension of 2018-19 Award Announcements

ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2018-19 MAP grants for all students whose initial FAFSA® was received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Effective Thursday, March 1, MAP records in suspension will be available in the MAP system via the GAP Access portal and show on the appropriate screens and reports, as well as in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.

Operational information can be found in the February 23 e-Message and on the Suspension of MAP Award Announcement page. Schools will be notified via the e-Messaging system and on this page when suspension of MAP Award Announcements is reflected in the MAP system.

Additional MAP References

To access general information about the MAP program, click on one of the links in the right-hand menu. To access the page within the MAP section that addresses the topics listed below, click on the topic.

2018-19 MAP Recompute Formula
MAP Award Announcement
MAP File Specifications
Creating a Report for the Release of Shutdown Records