JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2021-22 FAFSA® and Alternative Application


Applications Available on October 1

The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) cycle, including FAFSA on the Web, will open next Thursday (October 1, 2020). The Central Processing System (CPS) will begin processing 2021-22 FAFSA data on October 2. Students must submit the FAFSA each year in order to be considered for all federal financial aid programs and most institutional programs. FAFSA results are also used to determine eligibility for most state programs, including the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. Details regarding the 2021-22 FAFSA cycle may be accessed via the Applying for Financial Aid section of the e-Library for Partners.

In addition, the 2021-22 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid also will be available (in English and Spanish) after 12 p.m. on October 1, 2020. As a reminder, undocumented students and transgender students meeting the criteria of the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act may file the Alternative Application – which is patterned after the FAFSA – to apply for the MAP grant. Further details are provided at the RISE Act page.

Students with questions about completing the FAFSA and Alternative Application may be referred to an ISAC Call Center Representative at 800.899.ISAC (4722) or isac.studentservices@illinois.gov, or to a local ISACorps member.

Early October: Anticipated Implementation of 2021-22 MAP Start-up

As announced in a September 18 e-Message, the 2021-22 MAP start-up formula was approved at the September 17, 2020 meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. It is anticipated that the 2021-22 MAP system will be available in early October.

As updated information becomes available, it will be shared with you via our established methods of communication (i.e., MAP Program News, the FAA Message Board and/or this e-Messaging system).

December 1: Priority Access Deadline for Returning MAP Recipients

In order to qualify for priority access for the 2021-22 academic year, students who received a 2020-21 MAP grant must submit their 2021-22 FAFSA or 2021-22 Alternative Application no later than December 1, 2020. Further details are provided in the September 18 e-Message.

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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.