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Suspense: 2017-18 MAP Grants

Questions about how MAP is distributed and about Suspense? Watch our short video to learn the basics.

Please note that this video explains how MAP works in a typical year when a final budget is in place. Illinois is currently without a budget or a final MAP appropriation for state Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018. While ISAC announced estimated MAP awards for both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, the state cannot pay schools for MAP without a state budget and final appropriation.

ISAC has suspended the announcement of 2017-18 MAP grants as follows:

  • for all students whose initial 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is received by the federal processor on or after January 16, 2017 (the “suspense date”). Note that this is a later date than previously had been announced (see the 2017-18 Processing Updates section of the MAP page for further details). 

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 October 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 later if funds become available.

For quick reference, see the chart, below:

2017-18 MAP APPLICANT AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT STATUS CHART

Type of Applicant Initial FAFSA®
Receipt Date
Award Announcement Suspended
Standard January 1, 2016 through
December 21, 2016
Full Year No
December 22, 2016 through January 15, 2017 Full Year No
January 16, 2017
and after
Suspended Yes

If you have not yet filled out a FAFSA, we encourage you to do so. The FAFSA determines eligibility for financial aid other than MAP for which you might be eligible, such as federal Pell grants and institutional aid. Also, if MAP funds do become available later, the only way you can be considered for MAP is to have filed a FAFSA.

As a reminder, ISAC has also suspended the announcement of 2016-17 MAP grants. Further details, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), are available at the Suspense: 2016-17 MAP Grants page.

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