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MAP Award Announcements

School Requirements
ISAC-Generated MAP Notifications

Students who apply for financial aid on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and agree to share the information with ISAC are considered for a Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. The announcement process begins with the college sending an award letter to eligible students indicating a calculated annual award amount. The inclusion of MAP Grant awards in financial aid packages is critical information for students to make informed enrollment decisions. Potentially eligible students are Illinois residents with an EFC under 9000 who indicated a MAP-approved school as one of their school choices on the FAFSA.

In order to ensure that all MAP students receive the same information about their award in a consistent manner, ISAC requires schools to announce MAP awards to the students enrolled at their institution - including the estimated amount of the award.  Refer to the School Requirements section for details.

Links to various forms and notifications are available from the right-hand menu.

School Requirements

ISAC provides the specific language that is required to be included on or with the school issued award letters at the beginning of each processing cycle. Schools are required to announce MAP awards to the students enrolled at their institutions, including students who are only eligible for a 2nd semester/2nd and 3rd quarter MAP award. Schools are required to clearly identify the estimated awards on the award notification as:  State of IL MAP Grant (Est).

Additional information may be communicated about MAP in the award letter as long as ISAC’s required award letter language is included as written and the additional language does not conflict with it.  For example, schools may want to provide students with the link to the MAP Rights & Responsibilities form, which includes pertinent student consumer information, or direct them to the MAP section in the Students & Parents area of ISAC's website. The 2018-19 MAP Rights & Responsibilities form will be available in early November.

Schools are also required to notify applicants of changes in their eligibility status. Reasons for changes in eligibility status include student who:

  • are not eligible due to a zero award;
  • have an incomplete record;
  • have a loan in default;
  • are considered late applicants; or
  • have exceeded the intermediate maximum of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

The specific language required to be included on or with the school issued award letters may differ depending on the academic year.

2018-19 Required School Issued Award Letter Language

2017-18 Required School Issued Award Letter Language

2016-17 Required School Issued Award Letter Language

2015-16 Required School Issued Award Letter Language

2014-15 Required School Issued Award Letter Language

2013-14 Required School Issued Award Letter Language

ISAC-Generated MAP Notifications

ISAC will send a notification only to students who are in a default status on an ISAC-guaranteed student loan.  In an effort to assist students reach their goal of completing their degree or certification, a copy of the Default Resolution Options document outlining how to regain federal and state student aid eligibility, is enclosed with each notification. Links to the Default Status notification, by academic year, are in the right menu.

Default Status notifications are sent to students:

  • who reside in Illinois,
  • indicate a MAP-participating school on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),
  • whose FAFSA data passes the federal Social Security Number (SSN) match; and
  • are in a default status on an ISAC-guaranteed student loan

Applicants are instructed to call an ISAC Call Center Representative (800.899.4722) or e-mail isac.studentservices@isac.illinois.gov with questions regarding the default status and how it can be resolved, including reinstatement of federal and state aid eligibility.