JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Limited Release of 2018-19 MAP Suspense


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

Limited Release of 2018-19 MAP Awards in Suspense Status

When filing of the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) commenced on October 1, 2017, ISAC staff began to monitor and analyze MAP application volume and projected claim rates. Because a fiscal year 2019 (FY19) appropriation for MAP had not yet been determined at that time, appropriation projections were made based on the FY18 MAP funding level.

As is our practice, we have continued to monitor application and claim volume to determine if a partial release of awards from suspense status is viable. At this time, total claim volume for 2018-19 is lower than had been projected and lower than in prior years. As a result, ISAC is releasing 2018-19 MAP grants from suspense status for students whose initial FAFSA receipt dates were February 28, 2018 through and including April 4, 2018. These released records may be viewed in the MAP system starting on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. All 2018-19 MAP grants for eligible students with initial FAFSA receipt dates on or after April 5, 2018, remain in suspense status.

Identifying Student Records – MAP Filter/Report

Colleges will want to identify student records included in the limited release of suspense, as well as those that will remain in suspense status, 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 both those groups of student records.

To identify student records released from suspense, create a listing of student records using a date range. For example, you can create a report that identifies students by application receipt date (i.e., the initial FAFSA receipt date) using the 2018-19 release from suspension dates (February 28, 2018 through April 4, 2018) 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.

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.

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