JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Release of 2021-22 MAP Suspense


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

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

Award Announcements Being Released from Suspense

Since the opening of 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid filing, ISAC staff has been monitoring and analyzing MAP application volume and projected claim rates. As a result of that analysis, the current 2021-22 MAP suspense date of August 27, 2021 was announced earlier this year.

As outlined in a June 29, 2021 e-Message, the fiscal year 2022 (FY22) state operating budget that was signed into law in June includes a MAP appropriation of $479,566,200, which is a $28 million increase over the FY21 MAP appropriation.

With the 2021-22 MAP first-term priority claim deadline having passed on December 10, 2021, and current data analysis reflecting decreases in both application volume and projected claim rates, ISAC is releasing from suspense status the 2021-22 MAP award announcements for students with initial Central Processing System (CPS) FAFSA receipt dates, or initial ISAC Alternative Application receipt dates, from August 27, 2021 forward. These released records may be viewed in the MAP system starting on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

Although at this time we are not announcing a date through which suspended awards are being released, we expect to set that date once further analysis of application and claim data has been completed after the first of the year. Students who have not yet filed a financial aid application for the current academic year (2021-22) should still be counseled to do so and may still be awarded MAP.

The 2021-22 MAP Applicant Award Announcement Status Chart has been updated to reflect the release of award announcements in suspense status.

Identifying Student Records – MAP Filter/Report

Colleges will want to identify released student records for a variety of reasons (i.e., file review and repackaging, etc.). The MAP Student List Eligibility: View screen contains filters that allow you to identify those student records.

To identify student records released from suspense, create a list using a date range. For example, you can create a report that identifies students by application receipt date (i.e., the initial FAFSA or Alternative Application receipt date) using the 2021-22 release from suspension dates (August 27, 2021 through the current date) to identify the records in that range.

The filter will also allow the user to create a report of those records that remain in suspense status, once a new suspense date is set.

Further details regarding identifying student records are provided at the Suspension of MAP Award Announcements page (located within the MAP section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area), as well as in the "Student Eligibility" chapter of the MAP User Guide.

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