JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Update

VOL. 36, NO. 8F
February 2019

Messages sent to:   Multiple Subscription Groups
ISAC Update

Welcome to the February 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 February.

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.


Register Soon for ILASFAA's 50th Annual Conference to Receive the Early Bird Rate
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 February 21, 2019.

You are encouraged to heed the words of President Abraham Lincoln: Leave Nothing for Tomorrow Which Can Be Done Today – and register now for the ILASFAA Annual Conference before the early bird registration deadline of Monday, February 25, 2019, passes.

The early bird full conference rate is $325, and that includes your 2019-20 ILASFAA membership fee of $50. The full conference registration rate after February 25 is $375. To register, visit the Registration page – https://ilasfaa.org/docs/conferences/2019/registration.html – on the conference website.

A block of guest rooms has been reserved for the nights of March 17, 2019 - March 20, 2019 at the conference hotel – the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in downtown Springfield, Illinois – at a special room rate of $126 per night. This rate will be available until February 25, 2019 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. To reserve your room(s), visit the Hotel & Travel page of the conference web site, or click this link to access the ILASFAA Conference group page:


The conference will kick off on Monday, March 18 at 11:30 a.m. with a walk down memory lane, followed by a jam-packed agenda that will feature:

  • State, federal and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) updates
  • A general session presentation by financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz
  • Several NASFAA U credential sessions

In addition to the many learning opportunities, there will be a variety of celebration activities, including:

  • An anniversary reception at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
  • A special anniversary dinner honoring ILASFAA and its Past Presidents
  • An Evening at the Casino event
  • A few special guests and photo opportunities
  • Fundraising and basket raffles

And, if you’re able to arrive early, three pre-conference sessions will be offered on Monday, March 18 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.:

  • NASFAA Credential Session: Return of Title IV Funds – This session will prepare you to earn a NASFAA credential on the topic of R2T4 and provide you with a voucher code to access the credential exam. This NASFAA U credential course and exam is a $109 value, and the cost is covered by your conference registration fee.
  • Legislative Advocacy – ILASFAA’s Legislative Issues Committee will facilitate a "legislative track" on the first day of the conference that will begin with an informational session on legislative advocacy and a review of proposed higher education/financial aid legislation currently being considered by the Illinois General Assembly, and will conclude with a legislative panel session and a state agency panel session on Monday afternoon.
  • Policies & Procedures Manual Mini Workshop – This hands-on session will provide an open forum to discuss the development and maintenance of a Policies & Procedures Manual, share best practices, and review topics that tend to be the most challenging when it comes to defining your policies and procedures. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples from their own manuals to share their best practices and effective formats, as well as sections that you may be looking for assistance with on refining them.

For more details about the conference, please visit the conference web site at: ilasfaa.org/docs/conferences/2019/index.html. Questions may be directed to Kim Eck at kimberly.eck@illinois.gov or Chelley Jackson at cljacks@ilstu.edu.

Reminder – Call for Proposals
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 February 13, 2019.

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You can play an active role in shaping the 2019 College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference (Expanding Success for All Students – Every Community’s Responsibility) by submitting a proposal. Share your insights, experiences, and creative solutions by submitting an interest session proposal showcasing programs, resources, and partnerships impacting student success. The strength of the conference comes from sessions developed and led by dedicated educators and professionals like you.

Since we will have a broad group of stakeholders attending the conference, we are encouraging proposals that cover a wide range of themes related to college access and completion such as, but not limited to: college and career readiness; student retention, persistence, and completion; education, business, and the economy; and college costs and affordability. Sessions should provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and specific strategies for the audience, and demonstrate and promote positive steps taken to address college access, completion issues, and career readiness and sharing of specific lessons learned. Please complete the online session proposal form (more information about interest session submission is available on the conference web page).

Deadline Priority consideration will be given to completed session proposal forms submitted by March 8, 2019.

The 2019 CCE conference takes place on July 18, 2019 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. Additional information about the conference can be found on the conference web page.

Please consider sharing this call for proposals with your colleagues and other partners.

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


Proposed Rules and Amendments Published for Comment
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and FFELP Administrators on February 11, 2019.

The 2019-20 omnibus rulemaking cycle is currently underway for ISAC, with rules and amendments being proposed for the following:

Part 2700 – General Provisions – language is being incorporated into this Part in response to legislation that created the Education Loan Information Pilot Program. Additionally, revisions were made to clarify that documents acceptable as proof of Illinois residency are not limited to those listed in the rules.

Part 2735 – Monetary Award Program (MAP) – updates are being made to more accurately reflect the processing cycle of MAP, as well as in response to legislation that requires ISAC to annually publish a priority deadline date for renewing applicants to ensure those applicants receive a grant.

Part 2753 – Community Behavioral Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program – rules were created for the administration of this new program.

Part 2758 – Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program – revisions are being made to clarify the time period necessary to fulfill the eligibility requirement of nursing instruction.

The proposed rules and amendments were published, and are available for review, in the February 8 edition of the Illinois Register, accessible through the Administrative Rules section of the e-Library. Publication initiated a 45-day public comment period, which ends on Sunday, March 24 (comments will be accepted through COB, Monday, March 25). Those interested may submit written comments as noted below. Comments received through any other avenue, or after the deadline, cannot be considered.

Jackie Eckley, Agency Rules Coordinator
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
500 West Monroe, 3rd floor
Springfield, IL 62704
FAX: 217.785.6242

Comments from the public will be reviewed by staff, and where appropriate, the proposed rules and amendments will be revised based on comments received. Staff will then request approval from the Commission to submit the proposed rules and amendments to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) for a second 45-day review period, and for them to be adopted as final if no objection is received from JCAR. The proposed rules and amendments are anticipated to be effective on July 1, 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year.

Ex Parte Communications

Please be aware that during the public comment period, ISAC staff members are required to document and report any ex parte communications that take place regarding the proposed rules and amendments. Ex parte communications are defined as any written or oral communication by any person during the rulemaking period that imparts or requests material information or makes a material argument regarding potential action. They do not include statements made in a public forum or communications regarding matters of procedure, such as the manner of filing comments or the status of the proceeding. Accordingly, in order to adhere to this requirement, ISAC staff will document and report any communication with institutional staff about the proposed rules and amendments.

ISAC Webinar Rescheduled for February 6
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 February 4, 2019.

The January 30th webinar for financial aid administrators, which was postponed due to weather-related issues, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 6 at 2 p.m. The webinar will provide an ISAC Update and a Review of Hot Topics from the 2018 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Conference.

To participate in the webinar, visit the Partner Training page in the e-Library at isac.org to access the webinar link and presentation materials, both of which will be posted on the day of the session. Registration is not required, and any specific questions you would like the webinar to address may be submitted via e-mail to Kimberly.Eck@illinois.gov prior to the session.

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January 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on February 1, 2019.

The January 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 January 2019 ISAC Update include:

  • ISAC's January 30th Webinar Postponed
    (sent January 29, 2019)
  • Education Loan Information Pilot Program
    (sent January 25, 2019)
  • Upcoming ISAC Webinars
    (sent January 24, 2019)
  • Call for Proposals – 2019 CCE Conference
    (sent January 22, 2019)
  • Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
    (sent January 11, 2019)
  • 2018-19 MAP Payment Status Update
    (sent January 8, 2019)
  • TESP Update: Print Reports by January 11
    (sent January 4, 2019)
  • Electronic ISAC Update for December 2018 Now Available
    (sent January 2, 2019)

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