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Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated September 22, 2017)

2017-18 MAP Payment
2017-18 MAP Recompute
2017-18 Program Funding
Suspension of 2017-18 MAP Award Announcements - Records released February 3, 2017
2017-18 MAP File Specifications
Close-out of 2016-17 MAP Processing
Additional MAP References


Program Funding

The 2018 fiscal year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018) appropriation for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) is $401,341,900.


The Monetary Award Program has undergone a change in the formula for calculating awards as the result of receiving higher than anticipated FY18 funding. At the July Commission meeting a recompute formula, based on the appropriation received, was approved that includes an increase in tuition and fees to the FY10 level, with a corresponding change in the Pell level, and a lowering of the reduction factor from its current 5% to 2%.

At this time, colleges are asked to hold all pending 2017-18 payment requests until ISAC announces that GAP Access is open for processing (anticipated for early October). Once GAP Access is open, processing will take place on a nightly basis, as is our usual practice.

MAP Recompute Formula

Verification of system changes related to the recompute process has been completed and the 2017-18 MAP data on GAP Access is now available. All 2017-18 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data received from the Central Processing System (CPS) through (including) Friday, August 14, 2017 is reflected in GAP Access and daily processing of ISIR data has resumed.

Refer to the August 15 e-Message for additional information. The approved recompute formula is outlined in Table 5 of Agenda Item 4. The 2017-18 MAP Formula section, including the 2017-18 Hand Calculation Forms, has been update to reflect the recompute formula. Refer to Calculating MAP Awards for details regarding rounding and how term award amounts are calculated. In addition, the "Check MAP Credit Hours" (in the ISAC Programs area) option that students may access via the ISAC Student Portal, has been updated to reflect the recompute formula.

Suspension of 2017-18 MAP Award Announcements

ISAC originally suspended 2017-18 MAP grants for all students whose initial FAFSA® was received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Thursday, December 22, 2016.

As announced in a February 3 e-Message,  ISAC is releasing 2017-18  MAP grants from a suspense status for student whose initial FAFSA receipt dates were December 22, 2016 through and including January 15, 2017.  MAP records released from 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 beginning February 6, 2017. All MAP grants for eligible students with initial FAFSA receipt dates on or after January 16, 2017, remain in suspense status.

Colleges will want to identify student records included in the limited release of suspense, as well as those that will remain in suspense status, for a variety of reasons (i.e., file review and repackaging, etc.). The MAP Student List Eligibility: View screen contains filters that allow colleges to identify both those groups of student records.  Refer to the Suspension of MAP Award Announcements page for information on creating reports to identify MAP records in suspension and those records released from suspension.

MAP File Specifications

The MAP file specifications have been updated for the 2017-18 processing cycle. The 160-byte file layout is pertinent to schools utilizing the file extraction features of the MAP system, or sending MAP payment requests to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Changes made to the specifications are highlighted in gray. A summary of changes is provided on page 1, section E of the specifications document and also in the MAP File Specification section on the MAP Electronic Processing page and the Electronic Tools page in the e-Library.


Close-out of 2016-17 MAP Processing

As announced in a September 22 e-Message, processing is complete and all records have been reconciled. Debit letters outlining refund amounts owed to ISAC are being sent to financial aid directors via e-mail. Watch for its arrival and if necessary, forward the e-mail to other staff member(s) as appropriate.

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.

2017-18 MAP Start-up
2017-18 MAP Award Announcement
Creating a Report for the Release of Shutdown Records