JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC


The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) would like to make you aware of the following information, which may be of interest to you and/or your students.

Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at ISAC’s website (isac.org).

You may either scroll through the remainder of this message, or click on the appropriate link(s) to go directly to a specific section:

General Information (Not Specific to One Academic Year)

2018-19 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019)

2019-20 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020)


June 13: Next Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.

The Agenda Book, providing a complete listing of agenda items, will be available prior to the meeting via the ISAC’s Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area.

Visit the Commission Meeting Schedule page for a listing of all meetings scheduled in 2019.

July 18: 2019 College Changes Everything® Conference

The ninth annual College Changes Everything® Conference will take place on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Further details are provided in a December 13 e-Message. Registration for the conference will open in May.

Student Job Board Provides Leads for Summer Employment/Internships

Financial aid staff members are urged to promote the Student Job Board, which may be accessed via the Toolbox area of the ISAC Student Portal, to their students who may be seeking summer employment or internships. A variety of job types from all areas of the state are listed and are updated on a regular basis.

Holiday Schedules

ISAC offices will be closed for these holidays:

  • Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day
    ISAC offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 28.
  • Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day
    ISAC offices will reopen on Friday, July 5.

Processing Schedules

Although ISAC’s offices will be closed on the days listed above, the Monetary Award Program (MAP) component of the GAP Access portal will be available during regularly scheduled hours and will reflect records processed by the Central Processing System (CPS) through the last business day immediately preceding each respective holiday. Results for payment requests submitted from 5 p.m. (CT) the business day prior to the holiday through 5 p.m. (CT) the business day following the holiday will be available via the MAP system on the morning of the second business day after the holiday. For example: a MAP payment request submitted at 6 p.m. (CT) on Monday, May 27 will be processed the evening of Tuesday, May 28 – and payment results will be available via the MAP system the morning of Wednesday, May 29.

For Assistance

Access the Financial Aid Administrators area anytime, or send an e-mail message to ISAC’s School Services Department. With the exception of days when the ISAC offices are closed, ISAC staff will review and respond to messages during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT).


April 15: IVG and ING Spring Term Benefits Used Data Due

The spring-term deadline for submission of benefit usage data for the 2018-19 Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) and Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant programs is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Colleges should continue to report benefits used for all current and prior terms (including the summer, fall and spring terms for IVG benefits, and the fall and spring terms for ING Grant benefits). Although ISAC is not able to reimburse institutions for 2018-19 IVG or ING Grant awards, reporting of benefits used must still take place so that usage can be accurately reflected on students’ accounts.

Further details are provided in a March 26 e-Message.

June 1: MAP Third-Term Claims and Increases to First- and Second-Term Claims Due

All 2018-19 MAP payment requests (claims) for the third term, as well as adjustments to increase previously-submitted claims for the first and second term, are due to ISAC on or before June 1, 2019. Colleges may submit claims via the GAP Access portal or by File Transfer Protocol (FTP).

Initial first- and second-term late claims will be held until after June 1, at which time analysis will take place to determine whether they will be paid.

Decreases to previously-submitted first- and second-term claims continue to be processed.

Further details are provided in a March 18 e-Message.

June 15: ING Summer Term Application Deadline

June 15, 2019 is the final date of acceptance for summer term applications for the 2018-19 ING Grant. Students may access the application via the Interactive Application (Apply Online) section of the Applications page, which is located within the Students & ParentsDuring CollegeApplying for Financial Aid area and may also be obtained via the "Applications" link that appears at the bottom of all pages on the ISAC website.

June 15: P/F/C Summer Term Application Deadline

June 15, 2019 is the final date of acceptance for summer term applications for the 2018-19 Grant Program for Dependents of Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers (P/F/C). Students may access the application via the Applications page, which is located within the Students & ParentsDuring CollegeApplying for Financial Aid area and may also be obtained via the "Applications" link that appears at the bottom of all pages on the ISAC website.

July 1: Gift Assistance Programs Final Close-out Date

All submissions of 2018-19 payment requests, including initial claims and supplemental claims, for ISAC-administered gift assistance programs must be received on or before July 1, 2019. Adjustments to cancel or reduce awards will be accepted after this date for MAP.

Specific details regarding close-out of 2018-19 ISAC-administered gift assistance programs will be provided via a separate e-Message as we move closer to July 1. In the meantime, continue to visit the Program News sections for individual gift assistance programs for status updates and operational details.

MTI and Golden Apple Payment Request Submissions

The Teacher Education Scholarship Programs (TESP) component of My Zone that allows colleges to submit payment requests for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship and Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois programs remains available for the 2018-19 academic year.

Payment request rosters are made available for colleges to complete and submit once the awarding process completes. Results for payment requests received will be available via TESP Payment Authorization after vouchers have been generated and the corresponding Voucher Numbers are entered into the My Zone system by ISAC staff. Vouchers are sent via e-mail to financial aid directors. Colleges are encouraged to check My Zone every week for results of previously-submitted payment requests. Further details regarding the payment process for the MTI Scholarship and Golden Apple programs are available in the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area.


2019-20 FAFSA® Still Available

The 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is still available online, and – if not already done – should be completed and submitted as soon as possible by students who will be attending college between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional financial assistance, including MAP grants.

Encourage your students to check out the Financial Aid Planning section of the Students & Parents area for information regarding resources that are available to help them complete the financial aid process. In addition, several events – including financial aid presentations – are being offered across the State of Illinois. Students may attend the event that best fits their schedule.

Details regarding the 2019-20 application cycle may be accessed via the Applying for Financial Aid section of the e-Library.

During Month of April: Handbook of Illinois Postsecondary Institutions Data Collection

Be watching for the kick-off later this month of the annual data collection for the Handbook of Illinois Postsecondary Institutions. As has been the case in recent years, the collection will be done through an online survey process; the link will be provided to you via an e-mail message. When completing the online survey, please make sure your institution is included and that current information is provided.

The Handbook is a great way to promote your institution to potential students as they and their families are making the decision about which college to attend. The information collected for the Handbook is also used to update the Map of Illinois Colleges. Both the Handbook and Map are available online through the Students & Parents area of the isac.org website.

By End of May: ING and P/F/C Applications Available

We anticipate that applications for the 2019-20 ING Grant and P/F/C programs will be available for students to access via the Applications page of the Students & Parents area by the end of May.

June 1: Gift Assistance Budget Data Due

Colleges participating in the MAP and the IVG and ING Grant programs must submit required budget data for the 2019-20 processing cycle by June 1, 2019. Further details and instructions are provided in an April 1 e-Message.

Later This Spring: MAP Advising Data Collection

The collection of 2019-20 information regarding MAP advising/support programs and completion rate data will take place later this spring. Watch for specific details to be shared via ISAC’s standard communication methods (i.e., the FAA Message Board, the MAP "Program News" section, and ISAC’s e-Messaging service).

Later this Spring: TESP Processing Moves to GAP Access

In preparation for the eventual transition of MTI Scholarship and Golden Apple procesing into the GAP Access portal (anticipated to take place later this spring), maintenance and analysis are being performed. As part of this preparation, every precaution is being taken to protect applicants’ personally identifiable information (PII), including Social Security numbers (SSNs).

Watch for future announcements regarding 2019-20 initial certifications, will be available in GAP Access.

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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.