JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2024-25 Financial Aid Application Completion Initiative is Now Available!


Effective today (Tuesday, April 16, 2024), the 2024-25 Financial Aid Application Completion Initiative functionality is now available in the Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal! All Illinois senior students at a public high school are required to complete a financial aid application – either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) – as a prerequisite to receiving a high school diploma.

ISAC's Financial Aid Application Completion Initiative is available to public and private high schools to help identify students who have completed a financial aid application or the financial aid application nonparticipation form (waiver). Completion data for financial aid applications and waivers is available every day in GAP Access.

Operational details are provided in the recently-updated Financial Aid Application Completion Initiative – Access and Agreement User Guide.

Senior Class Rosters for Public and Private High Schools

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides ISAC with all public high school senior class roster information to match with financial aid applications and waivers. Therefore, public high schools do not need to upload their 2024-25 senior class rosters.

Private high schools can now upload their Class of 2024 rosters into GAP Access to have the information matched with completed financial aid applications. Private high schools must complete a Student Record Upload for the Class of 2024 by July 31, 2024.

The Financial Aid Application Nonparticipation Form

Students and parents can complete the waiver via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of ISAC's Student Portal. A student or parent will need to create a Student Portal account to complete the form. Once the form has been completed, the opt-out box will auto-populate with a check mark next to the student's name in GAP Access.

How ISAC's Training Team Can Help

ISAC provides support and assistance for the Financial Aid Application Completion Initiative and other college-going activities to both students and partners:

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