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2018-19 FAFSA® Available and Upcoming Important Dates


The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) would like to make you aware of the following information, which may be of interest to students and their families.

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General Information (Not Specific to One Academic Year)

2018-19 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019)New FAFSA® Now Available!

2019-20 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020)


Holiday Schedules

In observance of the holidays indicated, ISAC offices will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday, October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day holiday observed)
  • Friday, November 10, 2017 (Veterans Day holiday observed)
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Friday, November 24, 2017 (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • Monday, December 25, 2017 (Christmas Day)
  • Monday, January 1, 2018 (New Year's Day)

For Assistance

Access ISAC's website anytime, or send an e-mail message to the ISAC Call Center. With the exception of days when the ISAC offices are closed, staff will review and respond to messages during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT).


2018-19 FAFSA® Available

The 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is now available online, and should be completed and submitted as soon as possible by the families of students who will be attending college between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Specific details, including links to resources such as the FAFSA on the Web Worksheet and a PDF version of the FAFSA, are provided via the Financial Aid: Completing the FAFSA page (which is located within the Students & ParentsBefore CollegeFinancial Aid Planning area). FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for the Monetary Award Program (MAP),* as well as several other forms of federal, state and institutional financial assistance.

When completing the FAFSA on the Web, which is the application method that provides the quickest results, remember that the student (and parent, if the student is dependent) must first obtain an FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). If you and/or your student obtained an FSA ID from ED to apply for financial aid in a prior academic year, the same FSA ID(s) will be used now to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA.

Check out the Financial Aid Planning area for information regarding resources that are available to help your student complete the financial aid process. Among those resources is the ISACorps, ISAC's group of recent college graduates who are trained to serve as near peer mentors to high school students. In addition, several events – including FAFSA completion workshops – will take place across the State of Illinois over the next several weeks. Plan to attend the event that best fits your family's schedule.

English- and Spanish-Speaking Counselors Available to Assist You

If you or your student have questions regarding the financial aid application process, you may speak with an ISAC Call Center Representative by calling 800.899.ISAC (4722). English- and Spanish-speaking counselors are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CT).

An ISACorps member in your area can also assist you with the financial aid process.

October is College Changes Everything Month 2017

During the month of October, many high schools throughout Illinois are hosting college application and FAFSA completion workshops for their students. If your college-bound student attends a participating school, encourage him or her to take advantage of these opportunities to receive assistance.

* ISAC Student Portal Provides MAP Resources

As students progress through the financial aid application process, they are encouraged to visit the ISAC Student Portal to access these helpful resources related to MAP grants:

  • MAP Estimator – students who plan to attend an Illinois college may use this tool (which has been updated for the 2017-18 academic year and is located in the Toolbox area) to get an idea of their eligibility for the MAP grant, and
  • MAP Paid Credit Hours Display – MAP grant recipients may use this option (which is located in the ISAC Programs area) to track the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours they have used to date.


By June 30: High School Juniors Take College Assessment Exams (Results Used to Determine State Scholars for 2019-20 Academic Year)

Parents of Illinois high school juniors are reminded that eligibility for the State Scholar Program is based, in part, on a student's highest qualifying ACT or SAT score. For current high school juniors, only exams taken between August 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 qualify for consideration in the State Scholar announcements that will be made during their senior year (i.e., fall of 2018). Further details are provided at the State Scholar Program page of our website.

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