JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

RISE Act Implementation: 75-Hour MAP Limit Removal


This message is the second in the series about the implementation of the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act. The sole topic of today's message is the upcoming removal of the 75-hour limit on Monetary Award Program (MAP) paid credit hours.

As it currently applies to freshman and sophomore students, the 75-hour limit will be lifted on the RISE Act's effective date of January 1, 2020. Due to the mid-academic year effective date, the removal will impact only the spring semester/second and third quarters of the 2019-20 award year. 2019-20 fall term award amounts will not be impacted.

Removal of the limit will result in situations where students who were not MAP-eligible in the fall term may be eligible for spring term awards.

Identify Impacted Students Now

To prepare for the upcoming change in eligibility status, financial aid office staff may want to consider identifying and informing students who will be impacted now. A list of potentially impacted students can be obtained by creating a report within the MAP component of the Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal by:

  • using the "Reports" tab and clicking on "Create a New Report",
  • selecting "MAP Paid Credit Hours" from the list of report types, and
  • entering a range of the number of MAP paid credit hours.

Also, student records previously indicated as ineligible [V code (reached 75 MAP paid credit hours)] within the MAP system should be reviewed and considered for submission for payment.

Student Eligibility and Notification

As with all MAP awards, students eligible for MAP as a result of lifting the 75 hour limit, and whose financial aid awards are repackaged, must be informed of the change in their eligibility status by the college, including the estimated award amount. The ISAC-provided 2019-20 required school issued award letter language is to be utilized for this notification, however, the approved language is not being revised mid-year as a result of the removal of the limit, and should be used as originally provided for the 2019-20 award year. All other requirements regarding use of the approved language remain the same.

Additionally, ISAC is not providing suggested language for informing students of the reason for the change in eligibility status; colleges may use language of their choosing. Information about the removal of the 75-hour MAP paid credit hours limit is available for students' reference on both the RISE Act and MAP (Students & Parents) pages of our website.

No Change to Maximum MAP Paid Credit Hours

It is important to note that the overall maximum of 135 MAP paid credit hours remains in effect. Providing this information to students can create an opportunity to counsel them on the importance of steady progression toward their education goals, so any future MAP eligibility is not exhausted before their degrees are completed.


Questions about the RISE Act and any related issues can be directed to our School Services Representatives. Please see their contact information in the closing of this e-Message. The School Services area is the central collection point for RISE Act inquiries and discussion items. We are compiling all inquiries that are received and will use that information as we continue to develop processes and procedures.

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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.