JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

MAP Priority Date for Returning Recipients Extended


The following information is being shared to assist colleges in the administration of the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

In light of the delayed launch of the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and subsequent persistent technical issues, as well as the significant processing delay recently announced by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the priority date for returning MAP recipients has been moved from February 1 to April 1, 2024.

As a reminder, a returning applicant's failure to complete the FAFSA or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) by the announced priority date does not disqualify any applicant from receiving a grant if sufficient funding is available to provide awards after that date. MAP dollars are awarded equitably to qualified applicants, based on the formula, regardless of their returning status. ISAC is obligated by legislative action to set and announce a priority date, but that date is not a deadline date for FAFSA or Alternative Application completion.

We encourage you to share this information with those in your office who work with MAP, especially those who communicate directly with students.

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