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Suspense: 2016-17 MAP Grants

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ISAC will suspend the announcement of 2016-17 MAP grants as follows:

  • for all students who are not dislocated workers and whose initial 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is received by the federal processor on or after April 14, 2016 (the “suspense date” - Note that this is a later date than previously had been announced [see the 2016-17 Processing Updates section of the MAP page for further details]); and
  • for individuals who are dislocated workers and whose initial 2016-17 FAFSA is received by the federal processor on or after August 16, 2016. For more information on dislocated workers, see the FAQ on the topic, below.

MAP awards are made on a first come, first-served basis for eligible students, and available funding runs out quickly for the program. This year, if your FAFSA is received on or after January 1 but before the applicable suspense date (as outlined above) and you are eligible for MAP, you should expect to receive an estimated MAP award. If you are eligible for MAP but your FAFSA is received after the applicable suspense date, you might still have an opportunity to receive a MAP grant, and you would be notified if funds become available.

For quick reference, see the chart, below:

2016-17 MAP APPLICANT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT STATUS CHART

Type of Applicant Initial FAFSA®
Receipt Date
Award Announcement Suspended
Standard January 1, 2016 through
March 9, 2016
Full Year No
March 10, 2016 through April 14, 2016 Full year No
April 15, 2016 and after Suspended Yes
Dislocated Worker

(includes independent students
who are dislocated workers)
January 1, 2016 through
August 15, 2016
Full Year No
August 16, 2016 and after Suspended Yes

 

As a reminder, ISAC has also suspended the announcement of 2017-18 MAP grants. Further details are available at the Suspense: 2017-18 MAP Grants page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

If my FAFSA is received on or after my applicable suspense date, is there any possibility I can still get a MAP grant?

If your FAFSA is received on or after your suspense date, it is still possible that you could receive a MAP grant, but you should not count on it. Every year there are students who do not use their MAP awards, and those who are eligible for MAP and whose FAFSAs are received after but very close to the “suspense date” may have an opportunity to get those awards.

Why don’t students get more notice of the suspense date?
Because we need to start processing MAP application information long before we know how much funding we will receive, we use information from the previous year to determine when to suspend announcements of MAP awards. We regularly monitor, analyze and forecast application volume in order to get as close as possible to a point where we are announcing as many awards as possible without exceeding expected available funding. As a result, we are not able to announce the actual suspense date many days ahead, but we announce as soon as we are able to make that determination. ISAC however, regularly communicates with our college and high school partners and encourages them to communicate to their students to file their FAFSAs as soon as possible. We have also communicated that message to students and parents we work with directly through our own outreach, as well as through opinion pieces submitted to news outlets around the state.

What is the Dislocated Worker Program?
Legislation passed in 2014 established a two-year program for Illinois workers who have been dislocated and who are applying for the MAP grant in order to return to college or enroll for the first time. The intent of the initiative is to allow applicants who are dislocated workers an opportunity to receive a MAP grant even if they apply later than the general pool of applicants.

ISAC has suspended the announcement of 2016-17 MAP grants for independent student applicants who are dislocated workers and whose initial 2016-17 FAFSA is received by the federal processor on or after August 16, 2016.

For additional information on the Illinois Monetary Award Program, see the MAP area of the Students & Parents section of our website.