JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2023-24 MAP Start-up Formula Approved


The following highlights some of the agenda items included at the September 22, 2022 meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and any action taken. A listing of the agenda items is provided in the September 22 Agenda Book, which can be accessed from the ISAC's Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area of ISAC's website.

FY24 (2023-24 Academic Year) MAP Start-up Formula Approved – Agenda Item 4

Because the fiscal year 2023-24 (FY24) state budget process has not yet begun, when developing the proposed start-up formula, staff assumed that the Monetary Award Program (MAP) will receive $601.5 million, which is level with the FY23 appropriation. Following the FY23 recompute formula, staff recommended and the Commission approved using 2021-22 reported tuition and fees and the 2021-22 Pell Grant Payment Schedule for 2023-24 academic year MAP grants, with a maximum award of $7,200. The approved start-up formula is outlined in the MAP section within the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area of the website.

Operational details regarding implementation of the FY24 MAP start-up formula will be communicated in a future e-Message.

Encourage Students to Submit 2023-24 FAFSA® or Alternative Application after October 1

Although decreasing application volume and higher appropriations have resulted in fewer awards left in suspense status in recent years, colleges should still encourage students to submit the 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) as soon as possible after the applications become available on October 1, 2022. MAP eligibility being expanded to include credit bearing short-term certificate programs at public schools, the FAFSA mandate for high school seniors, and – at the federal level – early implementation of some issues related to FAFSA Simplification are all factors that will be monitored by ISAC staff to determine their impact on application volume and appropriated funds.

Continue to watch our established methods of communication, including the MAP Program News area and the FAA Message Board, for operational updates throughout the year.

2023-24 Priority Deadline Date for Returning MAP Recipients – December 1, 2022

The 2023-24 priority deadline date by which returning MAP recipients are to submit their FAFSA or Alternative Application in order to receive priority access to appropriated funds is December 1, 2022 (through and including). Returning recipients are students who received MAP funds during the previous academic year (i.e., for 2023-24 grants, students who received MAP during the 2022-23 academic year). All MAP eligibility requirements must continue to be met.

Additional Items

The following additional items were presented to and approved by the Commission:

Next Meeting

The next Commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 8, 2022.

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