JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Update

VOL. 36, NO. 5F
November 2018

Messages sent to:   Multiple Subscription Groups
FFELP Administrators
ISAC Update

Welcome to the November 2018 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 November.

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


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.


Commission Meeting to be Held Thursday, December 6 – No Executive Briefing
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on November 30, 2018.

The next regular meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.

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

  • Proposed Administrative Rules
  • State Legislative update
  • FY20 Appropriated Funds budget
  • College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program investment and program updates

The Agenda Book, providing the complete listing of agenda items, is available via the 2018 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.

There are no plans for an Executive Briefing conference call following the December Commission meeting.

New Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary Available
Sent to Financial Aid Directors and Financial Aid Administrators on November 19, 2018.

In the State of Illinois, the public and private sector alike are conducting a broad number of efforts pertaining to education, workforce development, and economic development through a lens of career pathways. Common to all this work is a shared philosophy regarding college and career pathways, with the aim of enabling Illinois residents to progressively build toward college and career success through aligned education, training, and employment opportunities over their lifetimes. A wide range of education and training programs and initiatives administered by a variety of private, state, and local entities fall within this system of career pathways. It is critical that they use aligned terminology and language to ensure they are building programs and pathways effectively. For that reason, Illinois approved a statewide definition of career pathways this year and used that definition as a launching pad for a larger suite of definitions, now contained within the new Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary.

Though many terms fall under workforce development and education, in this dictionary, you will find terms that fit the following criteria: 1) they pertain to – or deeply impact – multiple programs across state agencies; and 2) they apply to programming with funding from multiple federal agencies (e.g., programs funded by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). This dictionary will be updated as needed and new terms will be added, should they meet these criteria.

The Illinois Career Pathways Dictionary can be accessed via the Illinois PaCE: Postsecondary and Career Expectations page of ISAC’s website (isac.org).

Reminder: ISAC Strategic Planning Survey (Please Respond by November 9)
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on November 7, 2018.

Last week we invited you to share your experiences with and perspective about Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) services and staff in a brief anonymous survey as part of ISAC's strategic planning process. If you have already responded, we thank you. If you have not responded, we encourage you to take the brief survey to help us improve our services to all constituents. The survey will remain open until Friday, November 9 at 5 p.m. CST. Thank you for your feedback.

ISAC is currently engaged in a strategic planning process and, as a valued partner, we are seeking your input so we can continue to improve our service to all constituents.

We invite you to share your experiences with and perspective about ISAC services and staff in a brief survey. The survey will take only about 10 minutes to complete, and all responses will remain anonymous. To take the survey, simply click on this link:

ISAC Strategic Planning Survey (Financial Aid Administrators)

The survey will remain open through Friday, November 9 at 5 p.m. CST. Your opinions are important to us, so we thank you in advance for your feedback.

Please send questions regarding the survey to ISAC.RPPASurveys@illinois.gov.

Still Time to Register for ILASFAA Fall Workshop on November 9
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, Public Schools - Participating in the ING Grant and IVG Programs, MAP Users, Business Officers, and FFELP Administrators on November 1, 2018.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is sending the following message on behalf of the ILASFAA Training and Professional Development Committee.

Registration is still open for the Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) Fall Workshop being held on Friday, November 9, 2018, at Kaskaskia College in Centralia.

The workshop is offering two tracks – one for staff new to financial aid and one for more experienced staff, and both tracks offer the opportunity to earn National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) credentials.

The cost to attend is $50 for members and $75 for non-members, which covers the cost of meals, as well as NASFAA credential materials and testing fees.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to earn NASFAA credentials, network with your colleagues, and discuss the election results!

To view the agenda and to register, visit the Fall Workshop page at ilasfaa.org:


The ILASFAA Training and Professional Development Committee
Co-Chairs Tim Marten and Kelly Owens

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Regularly Check My Zone for Latest School DAAR Reports
Sent on November 20, 2018.

Notification of Student Loan Borrower Default Aversion Assistance Request (DAAR) Status reports – commonly referred to as "School DAAR Reports" – are made available to colleges via the My Zone area of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website. My Zone is a portal that allows postsecondary schools online access to student-specific data in a secure environment.

The School DAAR Report is non-cumulative and is available twice a month to those institutions with students for whom ISAC, as the guarantor, has received a Default Aversion Assistance Request during the reporting time period. New School DAAR Reports are posted at My Zone on the first business day on or after the 3rd and 18th of each month. Colleges are encouraged to regularly check My Zone for new reports, based on this schedule.

Accessing School DAAR Reports at My Zone

Visit the Financial Aid Administrators area (isac.org/faas) of ISAC's website and select the My Zone Quick Link (located in the center of the page) for instructions regarding how to view, download and/or print the School DAAR Report. In addition, if you have not already done so, you may register to participate in My Zone via the My Zone Quick Link.

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Electronic ISAC Update for October 2018 Now Available
Sent on November 1, 2018.

The October 2018 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.

Note: The electronic ISAC Update is typically a compilation of communications sent to financial aid administrators and business officers via ISAC's e-Messaging subscription service during the past month. However, due to systems issues with the e-Messaging service, messages denoted below by an asterisk (*) were e-mailed directly from ISAC's School Services Department to financial aid directors and/or were posted in the e-Library for reference.

Topics covered in the October 2018 ISAC Update include:

  • Upcoming ISAC Webinars
    (sent October 30, 2018)
  • ISAC Strategic Planning Survey (Please Respond by November 9)
    (sent October 29, 2018)
  • Implementation of 2019-20 MAP Start-up – Anticipated for October 10*
    (sent October 9, 2018)

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