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Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated August 22, 2016)

2016-17 Gift Assistance Programs Budget
Suspension of 2016-17 Award Announcements
2015-16 Program Funding
2015-16 MAP Payment
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Additional MAP References


Gift Assistance Programs Budget

As announced in an April 14 e-Message, budget information for the MAP, IVG and ING programs will be collected via the GAP Access system for the 2016-17 academic year and is due to ISAC on or before June 1, 2016. The requested information follows the same format that was used for the 2015-16 academic year, with the addition of a “General Institutional Information” section after the MAP Academic Year Term Dates section. Budget information must be entered for each approved program and each approved school code within a program, before it is certified.

Step-by-step instructions for accessing and navigating the GAP Access "School: Budget" screens are provided on the Gift Assistance Budget Instructions page within the Processes area 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. Refer to the GAP Access User Guide for answers to security questions.

Suspension of 2016-17 Award Announcements

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.


Program Funding

The recently approved  ‘bridge’ budget, Public Act 99-524 provides funds to cover the remainder of FY16 MAP claims. Refer to the Payment section for operational details.


All 2015-16 MAP late claims received on or before May 31, 2016 (initial payment requests received at ISAC after the applicable priority claim deadline) were released for payment on August 8th.  Results will be available in the MAP system, accessible through the GAP Access portal on Tuesday, August 9. Payment results appear on MAP’s Payment results reports, Student List Payment screen and the Payment Detail screen.

ISAC staff will continue to monitor 2015-16 MAP refunds received to determine whether additional late claims will be paid. As updated information becomes available, colleges will be notified on this page an, the FAA Message Board and via the e-Messaging Service.


The 2015-16 MAP component of the GAP Access portal closed on August 1, 2016, meaning that no further adjustments or submissions of late claims can be accepted for processing. However, colleges must continue to return to ISAC any outstanding amounts owed, using the Gift Assistance Refund Check Form (current form dated 05/15 in the footer).  Refer to the Refund and Unpaid Claims section of the Processes area for guidance about returning MAP funds to ISAC.

Letters detailing the "Due to ISAC" amount will be mailed to financial aid directors the week of August 15. Upon receipt of this mailing, please review the letter and return the appropriate amount to ISAC as soon as possible.

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.

Creating a Report for the Release of Shutdown Records
MAP 2+2 Pilot