JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2019-20 MAP Suspense: Second Limited Release

03/24/2020

Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (isac.org).

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

We understand these are unprecedented times, and that financial aid professionals – and all of us – are navigating unchartered waters. In an effort to continue with the administration of MAP grants so as to best serve Illinois students, we are moving forward with the second limited release of 2019-20 MAP award announcements in suspense status. Our goal is to stick as close as possible to "business as usual" in these unusual times.

Releasing 2019-20 MAP Award Announcements through June 26, 2019

Background

When 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) filing commenced on October 1, 2018, ISAC staff began to monitor and analyze MAP application volume and projected payment request (claim) rates, which resulted in the initial 2019-20 MAP suspense date of April 29, 2019.

Because the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) state operating budget that was signed into law in June of 2019 includes a MAP appropriation of just over $451 million – reflecting an increase of $50 million that had not been anticipated when the MAP suspense date of April 29 was originally announced – ISAC released 2019-20 MAP grants from suspense status for students whose initial FAFSA receipt dates were April 29, 2019 through and including May 26, 2019.

Second Limited Release of Records in Suspense Status

With 2019-20 MAP priority claim deadlines having passed for both the first term (December 6, 2019) and the second term (March 13, 2020), current analysis supports releasing additional MAP grants from suspense status. This second limited release could benefit eligible students whose FAFSA receipt dates were May 27, 2019 through (and including) June 26, 2019. These released records may be viewed in the MAP system starting on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. All 2019-20 MAP grants for eligible students with initial FAFSA receipt dates on or after June 27, 2019, remain in suspense status.

In order to implement and test the latest limited release of records in suspense status, the MAP system will be temporarily unavailable on Wednesday morning (March 25). We anticipate testing being completed and the system again being available to colleges by mid-morning on Wednesday, after which time it will remain available per its standard schedule [i.e., each day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (CT)].

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 2019-20 latest release from suspension dates (May 27, 2019 through June 26, 2019) 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.

Submitting Claims

Once the newly-released records become available to view in the MAP system on March 25, colleges will be able to submit claims for these records (for all terms) via the MAP system and by File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Visit the MAP Payment page, located within the MAP section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area, for more information regarding the claims process.

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