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2018-19 MAP Payment: Updates and Reminders*


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

FY2019 MAP Appropriation Means "Business as Usual"

  • As you know, the fiscal year 2019 (FY2019) budget for the State of Illinois includes a $401.3 million appropriation for 2018-19 MAP awards, and ISAC is currently accepting MAP payment requests (claims) for the first (fall) term.
  • Because funds have been appropriated and payment to institutions will be forthcoming, 2018-19 processing has returned to "business as usual." Colleges are encouraged to credit student accounts with MAP awards as soon as eligibility has been verified. This will allow other funding (for example, from federal Pell Grants or loans) to be used by students for the purchase of textbooks, to pay living expenses, etc.

Submit First-Term Claims and Data Adjustments

  • In order to ensure that your college's payment requests are queued for payment by the State Comptroller's Office, and to assist ISAC staff in monitoring appropriated funds, please submit all first-term MAP claims as soon as possible.
  • Be sure to keep current with data adjustments in the MAP system (including changes to award amounts resulting from enrollment changes, withdrawals, etc.), so that ISAC staff can accurately assess claim rates.
  • The 2018-19 MAP priority claim deadline for the first term is Friday, December 7, 2018.
    • Once established, the priority claim deadline dates for subsequent terms will be shared via the usual means of communication.
  • After the December 7 first-term priority claim deadline has passed, ISAC staff will analyze claim rates and remaining funds to determine whether a limited release of award announcements in suspense status is possible.
    • As a reminder, ISAC has suspended the announcement of MAP grants for all students whose initial 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) was received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after February 28, 2018.

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If you have any questions, please contact a School Services Representative by calling 866.247.2172 or by sending an e-mail message to