JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Limited Release of 2020-21 MAP Suspense


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).

Award Announcements Released through July 31, 2020

Since the opening of 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid filing, ISAC staff has been monitoring and analyzing MAP application volume and projected claim rates. As a result of that analysis, the current 2020-21 MAP suspense date of July 1, 2020 was announced in the summer.

As outlined in a June 11, 2020 e-Message, the fiscal year 2021 (FY21) state operating budget that was signed into law in June includes a MAP appropriation of just over $451 million. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on both revenue and expenditures for the State of Illinois, however, future adjustments to FY21 appropriations are possible. Until such time as any necessary adjustments are announced, we are proceeding with "business as usual" operations.

With the 2020-21 MAP first-term priority claim deadline having passed on December 11, 2020, and current data analysis reflecting decreases in both application volume and projected claim rates (which may also be a result of the ongoing pandemic), ISAC is releasing from suspense status the 2020-21 MAP award announcements for students with initial Central Processing System (CPS) FAFSA receipt dates, or initial ISAC Alternative Application receipt dates, of July 1, 2020 through and including July 31, 2020. These released records may be viewed in the MAP system starting on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Announcements of 2020-21 MAP grants remain in suspense status for all eligible students with initial FAFSA or Alternative Application receipt dates on or after August 1, 2020.

The 2020-21 MAP Applicant Award Announcement Status Chart has been updated to reflect the limited release of award announcements in suspense status.

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 list using a date range. For example, you can create a report that identifies students by application receipt date (i.e., the initial FAFSA or Alternative Application receipt date) using the 2020-21 release from suspension dates (July 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020) 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), as well as in the "Student Eligibility" chapter of the MAP User Guide.

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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.