JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2023-24 Winter- and Spring-Term Claims & Benefit Usage Submission


Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (isac.org).

The ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal – which includes the electronic processing systems for the ISAC programs discussed below – is available for submission of records for the winter (for quarter schools) and spring (for semester and quarter schools) terms. Colleges are encouraged to submit 2023-24 winter- and spring-term certifications, payment requests (claims), and/or benefit usage data as soon as possible.

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Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois, Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship, Nursing Education Scholarships (NES), and Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License Scholarship (Social Work Scholarship)

Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship

Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant and Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG)

General Reminders


  • ISAC is accepting 2023-24 MAP claims for the third quarter (and second semester for institutions where the second semester begins after February 15th).
    • In order to be considered timely, these claims must be submitted on or before Friday, May 3, 2024, which is the claim deadline date.
  • ISAC is continuing to accept first- and second-term MAP claims and will hold them as late, to be considered for payment later in the year.
  • Resources:

Golden Apple, MTI Scholarship, NES, and Social Work Scholarship


  • In order to be considered timely, ECACE Scholarship claims for the spring (Term 2 for semester schools, and Term 3 for quarter schools) must be submitted on or before Friday, May 3, 2024, which is the claim priority date.
  • ISAC is continuing to accept and pay ECACE claims for the fall (Term 1 for semester and quarter schools) and winter (Term 2 for quarter schools).
  • Resources:

ING Grant and IVG

  • ISAC is accepting spring-term benefit usage data for the 2023-24 ING Grant and IVG programs.
  • In order to be considered timely, spring-term benefit usage data must be submitted as follows:
    • by Friday, May 31, 2024 for the ING Grant Program, and
    • by Friday, May 31, 2024 for the IVG Program.
  • Colleges are encouraged to submit benefit usage data for the summer (IVG Program) and fall (ING Grant and IVG programs) terms as soon as possible.
  • Although ISAC is not able to reimburse institutions for 2023-24 ING Grant or IVG awards, reporting of benefits used must still take place so that usage can be accurately reflected on students' accounts.
  • Colleges are encouraged to regularly check their Benefits Results report for each program.
    • Further details are provided in the ING Grant and IVG user guides.
  • Resources:

General Reminders

  • Claim results are available via each program's online system.
    • Colleges are encouraged to always review the Payment Results/Exceptions report, which is available the day after claims are processed.
  • Because Payment Offset and Reconciliation procedures apply to the ECACE, Golden Apple, MTI, MAP, NES, and Social Work Scholarship programs, refund checks should not be sent for cancellations/adjustments made throughout the award year.
    • Funds should only be returned to ISAC after a final reconciliation has been completed at the end of the regular school year.

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