Monetary Award Program (MAP)
(last updated September 19, 2016)
As announced in an September 19 e-Message, the ISAC Commissioners approved the 2017-18 (FY2018) MAP start-up formula on August 14, 2016. This formula reduces awards by 5 percent for a $4,720 effective maximum MAP award. Details of the recommended FY2018 MAP start-up formula can be found in the August 14, 2016 Agenda Book, Item 5 in the e-Library and on the 2017-18 MAP Formula page within this section.
Based on the Commission's approval of the start-up formula, staff plan to make the 2017-18 MAP component of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal accessible for colleges as soon as possible after October 1. It is anticipated that 2017-18 MAP start-up will be implemented in mid-October of 2016. Refer to this page and the FAA message board for updated information.
It is likely that the suspension of 2017-18 MAP award announcements will need to be implemented early in the processing cycle. Because the process of identifying a specific suspense date has become more challenging as the state’s financial condition has worsened - and, now factoring in the earlier availability of the FAFSA – the degree to which ISAC staff can provide advance notice regarding suspension may be diminished. While ISAC continues to make every effort to keep colleges informed, there may not be sufficient time to alert students regarding the suspense date once it has been officially announced. As a result, it is strongly recommended that colleges encourage students to submit the 2017-18 FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1, 2016.
As announced in a September 14 e-Message, the 2016-17 payment functionality in the MAP system is not yet available for the submission of payment requests, either online or via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Colleges will be notified as soon as payment requests can be submitted and how they will be processed.
ISAC suspended the announcement of 2016-17 MAP grants for all students who are not dislocated workers (DW) and whose initial FAFSA® was received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after on or after Thursday, March 10, 2016. Beginning Monday, March 14th, MAP records in suspension are 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.
Award announcements for independent students considered DW workers were suspended if their initial 2016-17 FAFSA was received by the federal processor on or after August 16, 2016.
Operational information can be found in the March 7 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.
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.