JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2021-22 MAP: Implementing Mid-Year Recompute (Increasing Second- and Third-Term Award Amounts)


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).

Increase of Second- and Third-term Award Amounts*

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 fiscal year 2022 (FY22) MAP application volume and projected claim rates. This ongoing analysis has shown a decrease in both application and claim rates, resulting in FY22 funds remaining available.

In keeping with our ongoing efforts to best utilize all available funds and provide meaningful assistance to the greatest possible number of eligible students, 2021-22 MAP second- and third-term award amounts will be increased through a mid-year recompute as follows:

  • second-term awards will increase by six percent (6%) at semester schools, and
  • second- and third-term awards will increase by four and a half percent (4.5%) at quarter schools.

The recompute of these awards to reflect these increases will take place over the weekend of April 8-10, with the new term amounts reflected when the 2021-22 MAP system is again available after implementation.

*Fall-term award amounts are not impacted by the recompute.

Temporary System Outage Starting April 7

In order to reprocess (or, "recompute") 2021-22 MAP records to reflect the increase of second- and third-term award amounts, the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal (including all program systems, such as MAP), and the ISAC Student Portal will be unavailable beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 7.

A follow-up e-Message will be sent when the portals and all program systems are again available, anticipated to be around noon on Monday, April 11. At that time, the 2021-22 MAP system will display increased awards for the second and third terms.

Operational Details

    • It is recommended that colleges submit (before 5 p.m. April 7) any unsubmitted valid records that are ready to be processed and in an updated (or "U") status.
      • ISAC soon will provide more guidance for "U" status claims that are not submitted prior to this weekend’s mid-year recompute.
    • Pending FTP files may be submitted until 5 p.m., April 7. After that time, no FTP files are to be submitted until the system reopens.
    • Before recompute is implemented, ISAC will run a pre-recompute Cumulative Payment Results Report for each college. The report will be available when the system reopens on April 11.
    • Claims submitted to ISAC by 5 p.m., April 7 will be reprocessed to increase the award amount paid, including:
      • second- and third-term claims submitted through GAP
      • second- and third-term claims submitted via FTP
    • Claims will not be reprocessed if:
      • the college checked the override box and adjusted the award amount in the MAP system
      • the record has an unresolved conflict
      • the record is in "U" (updated) status and not submitted
    • Following reprocessing, an invoice will be generated for the total amount of the increases. Colleges will receive payment and invoice information through the normal process.
    • After recompute is implemented, ISAC will run a post-recompute Cumulative Payment Results Report for each college. Both the pre- and post-recompute reports will be available when the system reopens on April 11 (and will remain available to schools through close-out of the 2021-22 academic year), for use when reconciling records with colleges' systems.
    • Colleges will also be able to generate their usual Payment Results Reports and Payment Results Extract Files.
    • Any claim or adjustment submitted on or after April 11 will calculate under the recompute formula, with the 6%/4.5% increase to second/third term amounts.

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If you have any questions regarding this e-Message, please contact ISAC's School Services Department by calling toll free at 866.247.2172 or sending an e-mail message to isac.schoolservices@illinois.gov.