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ISAC Update

VOL. 36, NO. 12F
June 2019

Messages sent to:   Multiple Subscription Groups
  ISAC Update Group

Welcome to the June 2019 ISAC Update for financial aid administrators and business officers. This version of the electronic ISAC Update is a compilation of e-Messages sent through ISAC's e-Messaging service throughout June.

The articles in this Update have been organized according to the FAA subscription groups to which the messages were distributed.

Questions?

Questions regarding information in this ISAC Update can be directed to School Services at 866.247.2172 or at isac.schoolservices@illinois.gov. On occasion, you may be directed to a specific contact person or area; when this occurs, we will provide the appropriate information in the individual article or message.


MULTIPLE SUBSCRIPTION GROUPS


2019-20 MAP Recompute Implementation
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 27, 2019.

Unless otherwise noted, all links in this message may be accessed via the Financial Aid Administrators area at isac.org.

The following information is being shared by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) in order to assist colleges in the administration of the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

2019-20 MAP Recompute Implementation Anticipated for July 1

The 2019-20 MAP recompute formula, which was approved at the June 24, 2019 Commission meeting, is anticipated to be reflected in the MAP system on Monday, July 1, 2019.

MAP System Temporarily Unavailable Beginning Friday, June 28

In order to prepare the system for the implementation of the 2019-20 recompute formula, the MAP system will be unavailable beginning on Friday (June 28, 2019) and continuing until further notice. A follow-up e-Message will be sent when the MAP system is again available and reflecting the 2019-20 recompute formula (anticipated to be around noon on Monday, July 1, 2019).

At that time, all 2019-20 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data received from the Central Processing System (CPS) through (including) today – Thursday, June 27 – will be reflected in the MAP system, and daily processing of ISIR data will resume.

Online Resources

The 2019-20 MAP Formula section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area has been updated to reflect the recompute formula, and the "MAP Estimator" (which may be accessed by students via the Toolbox area of the ISAC Student Portal) will soon be updated.

Colleges may also want to visit the Calculating MAP Awards section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area to access the 2019-20 Hand Calculation Forms – Recompute, as well as for instructions on how to calculate awards for semester or quarter terms.

Partial Release of Awards in Suspense Status

As indicated in a June 26 e-Message, additional funds included in the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) MAP appropriation will be used not only to increase the amount of the maximum MAP grant but, also, to release approximately four weeks of suspended 2019-20 MAP award announcements (i.e., a partial release of awards in suspense status). After the recompute formula has been implemented, ISAC staff will analyze data to determine the date through which award announcements can be extended. Once a specific date has been identified, the information will be shared with the financial aid community.

Watch for Future Updates

As updated information becomes available – including the specific date through which 2019-20 MAP award announcements will be extended – it will be shared with you via our established methods of communication (i.e., MAP Program News, the FAA Message Board and this e-Messaging service).


2019-20 MAP Recompute Formula Approved
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 26, 2019.

The following highlights some of the agenda items included at the June 24, 2019 meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and any action taken. Details regarding several of the topics discussed at the meeting are provided in the June 24 Agenda Book, which can be accessed from the ISAC's Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area at isac.org.

FY20 (2019-20 Academic Year) MAP Recompute Formula Approved – Agenda Item 5

Each year, ISAC is responsible for adopting an allocation formula for the Monetary Award Program (MAP). At its September 13, 2018 meeting, the Commission approved a start-up formula to enable financial aid administrators to calculate eligibility for applicants planning to attend college in the 2019-20 academic year. Once the MAP appropriation is determined, the Commission approves a recompute formula based on the new information.

The fiscal year 2020 (FY20) state operating budget, which was approved in early June and subsequently signed by the governor, includes a MAP appropriation of just over $451 million. This amount reflects an increase of $50 million that had not been anticipated when the current 2019-20 MAP suspense date of April 29, 2019 was originally announced.

The infusion of $50 million into MAP could be used to improve purchasing power, extend awards to more applicants, or both. ISAC staff reviewed options and consulted with the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) Formula Committee. The consensus was that a balanced approach – comprised of improving affordability first, but also offering awards to more students – would be ideal.

As a result, ISAC staff recommended, and the Commission approved, a recompute formula for FY20 that:

  • removes the 2 percent reduction factor; and
  • increases the maximum award from $4,968 to $5,340.

The additional appropriated funds will also be used to release approximately four weeks of suspended award announcements. ISAC will communicate the exact date through which suspended award announcements will be released once it has been determined.

Additionally, the Commission approved reducing second- and third-term awards in the unlikely event that, following receipt of first-term claims, it is determined necessary to do so in order to stay within the appropriation.

The approved recompute formula is outlined in Table 2 of Agenda Item 5, and the 2019-20 MAP Formula section of ISAC's website has been updated to reflect "recompute."

Continue to monitor our established methods of communication (i.e., MAP Program News, the FAA Message Board and this e-Messaging service) for operational updates throughout the year.

Other Items

The following items were also presented to the Commission:

  • State Legislative Update – Agenda Item 4
  • FY20 Budget Review and Approvals – Agenda Item 6
  • College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program Investment and Program Updates – Agenda Item 7

Next Meeting

The next Commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 12, 2019.


Register Now for CCE Conference
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, Public Schools - Participating in the ING Grant and IVG Programs, Business Officers, and FFELP Administrators on June 25, 2019.

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Register Now!

2019 College Changes Everything® (CCE) Conference

July 18, 2019 • 8 am - 4:30 pm

Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois

CCE 2019: Expanding Success for All Students – Every Community's Responsibility

The success of Illinois students and the economic strength of our state requires partnerships across all sectors. We look forward to seeing you at the conference as stakeholders from across the state come together to share and learn how they can work together better in helping students achieve success and our state reach its Goal 2025. A preliminary agenda is available on the conference website, as well as information about our keynote speaker from The Forum for Youth Investment and Ready by 21® initiative.

Registrations are filling up and space is limited. Don't miss out on this important college access and success and career readiness conference – Register now!

Stay tuned for further updates regarding the 2019 conference, and please share this e-Message with your colleagues so they can register, too.


2019 College Changes Everything Conference Planning Committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois College Access Network
  • Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • Advance Illinois
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
  • Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Generations Serving Generations
  • ACT Now
  • Women Employed

The College Changes Everything® Conference is sponsored
by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Helping Illinois reach its Goal 2025: to increase the proportion
of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and
postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025


CCE


Commission Meeting to be Held Monday, June 24 – Meeting Briefing Wednesday, June 26
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 19, 2019.

The next regular meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 24 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.

Some of the items on the tentative agenda for the meeting are:

  • Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Monetary Award Program (MAP) recompute formula
  • State legislative update
  • FY20 budgets
  • College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program investment and program updates

The Agenda Book, providing the complete listing of agenda items, is now available via the 2019 Agenda Books page, located within the ISAC's Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area of isac.org. The online Agenda Book will be updated within 1 -2 days following the meeting to reflect action taken.

Meeting Briefing – Wednesday, June 26

The Executive Briefing conference call that typically takes place following a Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 26 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., in the time slot normally used for the monthly training webinar. Financial aid staff are invited to join the call to learn about activity that took place at the Commission meeting, as well as receive State legislative and ISAC operational updates. The monthly training webinar will not be rescheduled to another time; regular training webinars will resume next month.

During the call, participants are asked to ensure that your phones are on "mute" as a courtesy to other participants and the presenters, to eliminate background noise coming from your offices. If your phone system does not have a mute option, push the buttons *6 (star 6) to activate mute and then *6 again to turn it off, should you wish to ask a question or make a comment. We appreciate your cooperation.

To participate in the call, dial in to 888.494.4032 (toll free) and enter access code 6242955288#.


ISAC Program FY20 Funding – Budget Bill Approved
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 10, 2019.

Governor Pritzker has signed SB 262, which will fund Illinois programs and services, including ISAC's programs for the 2020 fiscal year (FY20). SB 262 was approved by the General Assembly prior to the June 2nd adjournment of the spring legislative session and then forwarded to the governor for signature.

The bill is now considered law and is officially Public Act 101-0007. It contains appropriations as detailed below that will provide FY20 funding for ISAC programs to benefit Illinois students and their families.

FY20 ISAC Program Appropriations

Monetary Award Program (MAP) – $451,341,900
Grant Programs for Dependents of Police, Fire or Correctional Officers – $1,273,300
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program – $6,498,800
Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program – $1,900,000
Illinois Teachers Loan Repayment Program – $439,900
Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program – $264,000
Veterans' Home Medical Providers' Loan Repayment Program – $26,400
Grant Program for Exonerees* – $150,000
AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program** – $35,000,000


* never before funded
** disbursed in lump sums by ISAC to public universities

The budget also includes a little more than $4 million for the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to reimburse Illinois community colleges for the costs associated with waiving tuition and fee charges for Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) recipients.

With the timely approval of the budget, ISAC FY20 program operations are expected to again experience a "business as usual" processing environment. As such, we will regularly provide updates and operational details regarding each of our programs as we proceed through the year.

New Initiatives

In addition to the budget, as part of other higher education activity, new initiatives involving ISAC were approved. Brief descriptions of the more significant of these are summarized below. As of this writing, these bills are all still awaiting action by the governor and their effective dates vary.

HB 2691 – known as the RISE Act – Provides that a student who is an Illinois resident and who is not otherwise eligible for federal financial aid, including, but not limited to, a transgender student who is disqualified for failure to register for selective service or a noncitizen student who has not obtained lawful permanent residence, would be eligible for State financial aid and benefits, including programs administered by ISAC, and assistance provided by public institutions. The bill would also prohibit any caps on MAP eligibility other than those required by statute, effectively eliminating an existing rule that bars a student from receiving MAP if he or she has used the program for more than 75 credit hours but has not yet attained junior standing.

SB 1167 – Community College Vocational Act – Requires ISAC to establish and administer an adult vocational community college scholarship program. The program would be for people over the age of 30 who have been unemployed and are actively searching for employment and who can identify the specific credential he or she is seeking. Note: This program is subject to appropriation and was not funded in the FY20 budget.

SB 1467 – Expands the eligibility requirements for the IVG Program and the MIA/POW Program [administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA)] to include those who were a resident of Illinois for 15 consecutive years after leaving federal active duty service.

HB 2719 – Requires high school students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or other state financial aid application before receiving a diploma, unless students or parents opt out through a waiver process.

SB 1641 – Requires ISAC to include information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the language that schools are required to provide to students eligible for the MAP grant. At a minimum, the language would direct students to information about college student eligibility criteria for SNAP, and to the Department of Human Services and to the Illinois Hunger Coalition's Hunger Hotline for additional information.

HB 26 – Public University Uniform Admission Pilot Program Act – Establishes pilot programs at Northern, Western, Eastern, and Southern Illinois Universities for automatic admission to those universities for Illinois students who meet the universities' basic criteria (minimum test scores and preparatory curriculum) and either (1) graduate among their high schools' top 10% or (2) are the children of fallen police, fire, or correctional officers. ISAC is to develop rules regarding outreach to high school students who are potentially eligible for automatic admissions.


In the coming weeks, ISAC staff will review and analyze these new initiatives, and will provide information and guidance as appropriate through our normal communications avenues – this e-Messaging service, the Message Boards and the Program News pages of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area of isac.org.



MAP Advising Data Collection Opens – Due July 19
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 7, 2019.

The 2019 collection period for MAP Advising data has opened and colleges may now submit information through the Gift Assistance Programs (GAP Access) portal. Each year, institutions must submit to ISAC the following information about their Monetary Award Program (MAP) recipients:

  • available advising and support programs and
  • retention, completion and graduation data.

The 2019 MAP Advising data is due by July 19, 2019.

What's New – Added Field & Expanded Search Tool

While this year's submission process remains essentially the same as last year's, a field was added to MAP Advising Data Collection screen for institutions to provide the links (URL's) of the pages where their individual advising/support programs appear on the college's website. That information will become a part of the enhanced MAP Advising Support Programs Search Tool, which recently became accessible in the MAP Advising area of the website.  The expanded searchable database now operates with improved functionality and contains results from previous collections of advising and support programs being provided to MAP recipients.

Tips for Submitting MAP Advising Data

  • All MAP Advising reporting – advising and support programs and course completion rates – is done via a survey-style format through the GAP Access portal.
  • Advising and support program description fields are pre-populated with previously submitted information, so only updates and any new programs need to be submitted.
  • The only recipient-specific data that needs to be submitted is the number of completed/attempted hours. We obtain graduation and retention rates from the National Student Clearinghouse.
  • Community colleges do not need to report course completion rates because we secure this data from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). The course completion rate tables appear in GAP Access for all school types, but need not be completed by community colleges.
  • Guidance to assist in reporting data is available in the MAP Advising Data Collection User Guide, accessible through the GAP Access page of the website.

Questions regarding the data elements and survey submission may be directed to the ISAC Research, Planning and Policy Analysis division at isac.rppasurveys@illinois.gov.


CCE Conference – Preliminary Agenda & Keynote
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, Public Schools - Participating in the ING Grant and IVG Programs, Business Officers, and FFELP Administrators on June 5, 2019.

CCE Conference Logo

Register Now!

2019 College Changes Everything® (CCE) Conference

July 18, 2019 • 8 am - 4:30 pm

Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois

CCE 2019: Expanding Success for All Students – Every Community's Responsibility

We're pleased to announce our conference keynote speaker Merita Irby, Co-Founder of The Forum for Youth Investment, and also a chief architect of The Forum's signature initiative, Ready by 21®. She is managing partner of Big Picture Approach Training & Consulting and a coach to state and local partnerships. You can learn more about Merita's work with leaders in school districts, governmental departments, community collaboratives and non-governmental organizations nationwide and her other accomplishments here.

Preliminary Agenda

While the agenda for the 2019 CCE conference is still being finalized, a preliminary agenda is now available on the conference website. The agenda contains the conference schedule as it stands currently, and as such is subject to change. We will send an announcement when the final agenda is available.

Registration

Registration is $40.00, and only credit card payments are accepted. Space is limited and fills quickly – Register now! Please share this e-Message with your colleagues so they can register, too.

Stay tuned for further updates regarding the 2019 conference! See you in Tinley Park!


2019 College Changes Everything Conference Planning Committee

  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Illinois Community College Board
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Illinois College Access Network
  • Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
  • Advance Illinois
  • Center for the Study of Education Policy at Illinois State University
  • Education Systems Center at Northern Illinois University
  • Generations Serving Generations
  • ACT Now
  • Women Employed

The College Changes Everything® Conference is sponsored
by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Helping Illinois reach its Goal 2025: to increase the proportion
of adults in Illinois with high-quality college degrees and
postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025


CCE

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ISAC UPDATE GROUP


May 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on June 3, 2019.

The May 2019 edition of the ISAC Update is now available for your review, and may be accessed via the Partner e-Messages & Newsletters section of the e-Library at isac.org. This version of the electronic ISAC Update is a compilation of e-Messages sent to financial aid administrators and business officers via ISAC’s e-Messaging service over the past month.

Topics covered in the May 2019 ISAC Update include:

  • Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
    (sent May 28, 2019)
  • Announcing Dates for ISAC’s Financial Aid 101 & 201 Workshops
    (sent May 23, 2019)
  • ING Grant Information
    (sent May 16, 2019)
  • 2019-20 MTI Scholarship Information
    (sent May 15, 2019)
  • 2019 CCE Conference Registration Open
    (sent May 13, 2019)
  • April 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
    (sent May 1, 2019)

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