JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Alternative Application Corrections Process Open

03/10/2020

Effective today, ISAC has opened the first phase of the corrections process for the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, the application used by RISE Act-eligible undocumented and transgender students to apply for the Monetary Award Program (MAP). Applicants are now able to correct previously-submitted application data online to correct errors that were made in the initial application submission.

Corrections are submitted by the student through the "Returning Applicants Login" on the application home screen. To access their online application, students need their ISAC Student Profile user name and password. Corrections may be made as needed to as many application fields as necessary. To complete and submit the corrected application, the application must be electronically signed with the previously-provided PIN(s). Depending on the information changed, either the student alone or both the student and their parent (of dependent students) will need to sign the application after making the revision(s).

  • Correction to student information – student must electronically sign
  • Correction to parent information – student and parent must electronically sign
  • Corrections to both student and parent information – both must electronically sign

If financial aid office staff at the college become aware of a needed correction to the application information, the student must be contacted and advised to submit the necessary correction through the above-described process.

Updated Documentation

With the implementation of the corrections process, the Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout Specifications were updated. The updated specifications are available in the Electronic Tools (#8) area of the e-Library. The specifications also reflect the fields/codes that are used when ISAC has initiated and applied a change/correction to a record (ISAC pushed correction). File layout changes that were made are bolded and the date on the most recent version is February 28, 2020.

To assist students with making application corrections, a page was added to the online Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid User Guide. The User Guide is accessible from both the application home screen and the Student Profile Login page, and is also available, along with Alternative Application FAQ's, in the right-hand menu of the RISE Act web page.

Next Phase – Dependency Override Changes

Work is continuing on implementing the process that will allow colleges to submit dependency override changes to Alternative Application student records. More details regarding this functionality will be communicated to colleges later this month.

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