JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Update

VOL. 37, NO. 12F
June 2020

Messages sent to:   Multiple Subscription Groups
ISAC Update

Welcome to the June 2020 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


2020-21 MAP Suspense Date: July 1, 2020
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 25, 2020.

Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (isac.org).

ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2020-21 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for applicants whose initial 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS), or whose initial Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is received by ISAC, on or after Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Beginning as early as Thursday, July 2, MAP records in suspense status will:

  • be reflected in the MAP system;
  • show on the appropriate screens and reports; and,
  • appear in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.

Application Volume and Projected Claim Rates Being Monitored

When FAFSA filing commenced on October 1, ISAC staff began to monitor and analyze MAP application volume and projected claim rates. The fiscal year 2021 (FY21) state operating budget appropriates MAP funding that is level to FY20 amounts. ISAC staff will continue to monitor MAP application volume and claim rates. If future analysis indicates that a partial release of awards from suspense status is viable, we will communicate that information to the financial aid community as it becomes available.

2020-21 MAP Applicant Award Announcement Status Chart

The 2020-21 MAP Applicant Award Announcement Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application receipt date.

Student Award Announcements

Colleges must suspend announcements of MAP awards to applicants whose initial 2020-21 application (FAFSA and Alternative Application) receipt date is on or after Wednesday, July 1, 2020. Please note that ISAC is not notifying affected applicants that their awards have been placed in suspense status. Colleges are advised to communicate announcement information to students with suspended awards as prescribed in school policy and procedure.

Identifying Records in Suspense Status

MAP records in suspense status will be indicated by a MAP Suspend Code of "S" (S = New application received after the suspense date will not be considered for an award this year) in the MAP system and in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction. The MAP system contains filters that will allow you to identify student records and create a report of those records placed in suspense status.

Check ISAC's Website Periodically for Updates

As new information becomes available throughout the year, ISAC will continue to update the MAP Program News page within the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs section, which may be accessed via the Financial Aid Administrators area. Be sure to check back periodically for the current processing status of the program.


2020-21 MAP Recompute Formula Approved
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 24, 2020.

Summary of June 18 Commission Meeting

The following highlights some of the agenda items included at the June 18, 2020 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 18 Agenda Book, which can be accessed from the ISAC's Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area at isac.org.

FY21 (2020-21 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 12, 2019 meeting, the Commission approved a start-up formula to enable financial aid administrators to calculate eligibility for applicants planning to attend college in the 2020-21 academic year. Once the MAP appropriation is determined, the Commission approves a recompute formula based on the new information.

The fiscal year 2021 (FY21) state operating budget, which was approved in late May and subsequently signed by the governor, includes a MAP appropriation of just over $451 million. This amount, along with appropriations for other ISAC-administered programs, reflects funding that is essentially level to FY20 amounts. However, due to multiple factors – including changes made to MAP with the passage of the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on state finances – it is important to note that future adjustments may be necessary for FY21 appropriations.

As a result, ISAC staff recommended, and the Commission approved, continuing to use the FY21 MAP start-up formula as the FY21 recompute formula.

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 2020-21 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
  • FY21 Budget Review and Approvals – Agenda Item 6
  • College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program Investments – Agenda Item 7

Next Meeting

The next Commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 17, 2020.


Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
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 June 22, 2020.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) would like to make you aware of the following information, which may be of interest to you and/or your students.

Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at ISAC's website (isac.org).

You may either scroll through the remainder of this message, or click on the appropriate link(s) to go directly to a specific section:

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

General Information (Not Specific to One Academic Year)

2019-20 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020)

2020-21 July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021)


COVID-19 RESOURCES AND UPDATES

Although we are working differently during this time, we want students, families, our partners and other constituents to know that ISAC continues to be here to answer your questions and to support all Illinoisans with college planning and financial aid. Find important resources and the latest updates at the College-Going and Financial Aid Resources and Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak page of our website.


GENERAL INFORMATION

June 24: Webinar

The following webinar will be offered later this month:

  • Wednesday, June 24 (2 p.m. CT): ISAC Operational Update and Review of MIA/POW in GAP Access

To participate in the webinar, visit the Partner Training page in the e-Library for Partners to access the webinar link and presentation materials, both of which will be posted on the day of the session. Registration is not required for the webinar, and any questions you would like addressed may be submitted via e-mail to Kim Eck (kimberly.eck@illinois.gov) prior to the session.

August 7: MAP Advising Data Due

The 2020 collection period for Monetary Award Program (MAP) Advising data – including advising and support program information and course completion rates – is now open, and data is due on or before Friday, August 7, 2020. As a reminder, both components of the required data are submitted through the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal. Complete information is provided in a June 3 e-Message.

ISAC Student Portal Provides MAP Resources

Encourage your students to visit the ISAC Student Portal to access these helpful resources related to MAP grants:

  • MAP Estimator (located in the Toolbox area) – students planning to attend an Illinois college may use this tool to get an idea of their eligibility for the MAP grant, and
  • MAP Paid Credit Hours Display (located in the ISAC Programs area) – MAP grant recipients may use this option to track the number of MAP paid credit hours they have used to date.

Holiday Schedules

ISAC staff will be unavailable for these holidays:

  • Friday, July 3 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 7, 2020 – Labor Day

Staff will again be available the first business day immediately following each holiday.

Processing Schedules

Although ISAC staff will be unavailable on the days listed above, the MAP system will be available during regularly scheduled hours and will reflect records processed by the Central Processing System (CPS) through the last business day immediately preceding each respective holiday. Results for payment requests submitted from 5 p.m. (CT) the business day prior to the holiday through 5 p.m. (CT) the business day following the holiday will be available via the MAP system on the morning of the second business day after the holiday.

For Assistance

Access the Financial Aid Administrators area anytime, or send an e-mail message to ISAC's School Services Department. With the exception of days when ISAC staff members are unavailable, we will review and respond to messages during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT.


2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR

Adjusting MAP Paid Credit Hours Due to COVID-19 Impact

Adjustments to MAP paid credit hours can now be made through the MAP system for students whose spring 2020 enrollment status was impacted by COVID-19. Details, including access to online resources, are provided in a June 17 e-Message.

Ongoing: Continue to Reconcile Data

In order to facilitate a smooth close-out to the 2019-20 processing cycle:

Ongoing: Continue to Submit Benefit Usage Data

In order to ensure that students' accounts reflect accurate data, colleges should continue to report 2019-20 ING Grant and IVG benefits used for all current and prior terms, including summer. Use the GAP Access portal to report enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts for initial, in-district and out-of-district requests.

Please submit your benefits used data as soon as you are able to do so (and in accordance with the below-referenced close-out dates).

Close-out for ISAC Gift Assistance Programs

Continue to visit the Program News sections for individual gift assistance programs, and watch for future e-Messages, for status updates and operational details.


2020-21 ACADEMIC YEAR

State Budget Approved

The Illinois General Assembly passed a fiscal year 2021 (FY21) state budget in late May, and Governor Prizker signed the bill into law earlier this month. In general, the FY21 budget provides ISAC-administered programs with FY20 level funding. Due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on state finances, it is important to note that future adjustments may be necessary for FY21 appropriations.

With the timely approval of the budget, ISAC FY21 program operations are expected to again experience a "business as usual" processing environment. As such, we will continue to provide partners with updates and operational details regarding each of our programs as we proceed through the year. Be sure to regularly visit the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area, where a "Program News" section for each program provides the most up-to-date information.

Students and borrowers seeking program information may be directed to the "Processing Updates" section of each program within the Grants, Scholarships, and Loan Forgiveness and Repayment Programs portions of the Students & Parents area.

MAP Recompute Formula Approved

At its June 18, 2020 meeting, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission approved continuing to use the FY21 MAP start-up formula, which had been approved last September, as the FY21 recompute formula. Additional details will be provided via an upcoming e-Message, and will soon be posted in the MAP section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area.

Executive Briefing Conference Call – Tuesday, June 23

An Executive Briefing conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (CT) for institutional financial aid staff. Executive Director Eric Zarnikow and ISAC staff will provide information about activity that took place at the June 18 Commission meeting and other ISAC updates.

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

Now Available: ING Grant Application and Eligibility Data

A May 18 e-Message announces that the interactive application for the 2020-21 ING Grant Program is now available for students to access via the Applications page of the Students & Parents area, and that 2020-21 ING Grant eligibility data is available in the ING Grant system.

Specific details regarding the ING Grant system, including important reminders and guidelines, are provided at the ING Grant Electronic Processing page.

Now Available: Grant Programs for Dependents of Police/Fire/Correctional Officers Application

The application for the 2020-21 Grant Programs for Dependents of Police, Fire, and Correctional Officers is available for students to access via the Applications page of the Students & Parents area.

Continue Certifying Eligibility for MTI Scholarships Throughout the Year

Colleges are encouraged to continue certifying eligibility for 2020-21 MTI Scholars on a daily basis.

As a reminder, the Golden Apple Foundation certifies eligibility for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program. The college's role for the Golden Apple Scholars program starts with payment processing.

Further details are provided in an April 20 e-Message.

MTI Applications Still Being Accepted

Although the 2020-21 priority consideration application deadline for the MTI Scholarship Program was March 1, 2020, applications will continue to be accepted for as long as funding remains after all timely qualified applicants have been awarded.

FAFSA® Still Available

The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is still available online, and – if not already done – should be completed and submitted as soon as possible by students who will be attending college between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for several forms of federal, state and institutional financial assistance, including MAP.

Details regarding the 2020-21 application cycle may be accessed via the Applying for Financial Aid section of the e-Library for Partners.

Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid

Undocumented and transgender students meeting the criteria of the RISE Act may file the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid – which is patterned after the FAFSA – to apply for the MAP grant. Further details, including access to the application, are provided at the RISE Act page and in a January 6 e-Message.

Remember that the online Alternative Application allows dependent students experiencing special circumstances to indicate that they are "unable to provide information about my parents," and then continue with their application. If students select that option, a message advises them to contact the financial aid office at their school to discuss their circumstances. Further details are provided in an April 16 e-Message.

ISAC creates Alternative Application Student Records for students who complete the 2020-21 Alternative Application. Access the School File Layout Specifications document – which includes Alternative Application Student Record field names, field lengths, and start and end positions for each data element – via the Electronic Tools page of the e-Library for Partners. Also available in the e-Library (in the Partner Training area) is the 2020-21 Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing.


COVID-19 Impact - Adjusting MAP Paid Credit Hours
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, and MAP Users on June 17, 2020.

Effective immediately, ISAC has implemented a system change to the Monetary Award Program (MAP) for students whose enrollment status was impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Adjustments to those recipients' MAP paid credit hours (MPCHs) can now be made through the Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal.

In keeping with the intent of federal guidance related to interruption of study, while still adhering to our program requirements, ISAC is implementing similar guidance as follows:

  • adjustments may be made for any impacted student who received MAP in the Spring 2020 term (second semester/third quarter)
  • adjustments to enrollment hours due to COVID-19 are allowed for partial or complete withdrawals
  • adjusted MPCHs will reflect adjusted enrollment hours
  • the transaction adjusts the number of MPCHs and does not impact the award amount

Website Resources

A new page in the Processes area of the website provides detailed information for identifying students and circumstances that may warrant the MPCH adjustment. The page contains step-by-step instructions for completing MPCH adjustments, including using a newly-added COVID-19 payment request type option. Guidance for MPCH adjustments is also posted on the Partner Training page.

As a reminder, MAP pays tuition and mandatory fees only. If tuition and/or fees were waived for or refunded to a student, any MAP award amount that exceeds what was charged to a student must be returned to ISAC; it cannot be refunded to the student. It is recommended that other aid a student may have received be adjusted, if possible, to avoid the need to reduce MAP awards.

Other ISAC Program Usage Assessment

We are currently reviewing usage assessment procedures for other ISAC programs, and are working to determine the proper process to implement the same type of adjustment options for those programs. We will notify you once those procedures have been finalized.


Virtual Commission Meeting to be Held Thursday, June 18 - Executive Briefing Tuesday, June 23
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 15, 2020.

The next regular meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be conducted via videoconference and will begin at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 18.

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

  • FY21 Monetary Award Program (MAP) recompute formula
  • State Legislative update
  • FY21 agency budgets
  • College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program investment and program updates

The Agenda Book, providing the complete listing of agenda items, is posted on the 2020 Agenda Books page.  Instructions for connecting to the meeting via WebEx, including the WebEx link, are available on the Commission Meeting Schedule page.  Both pages are 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.

Executive Briefing Conference Call – Tuesday, June 23

An Executive Briefing conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. for institutional financial aid staff.  Executive Director Eric Zarnikow and ISAC staff will provide information about activity that took place at the Commission meeting and other ISAC updates.

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#.


2019-20 MAP Updates
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 12, 2020.

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 provided to assist colleges in the close-out process for the 2019-20 Monetary Award Program (MAP).

Submit Claims

  • Continue to report adjustments for all terms – including initial payment requests (claims), increases and decreases to previously-submitted claims, and cancellations.
    • You will be notified when initial claims and increases to previously-submitted claims are no longer being accepted.
    • Once finalized, information regarding the potential release of late claims will be shared via the usual means of communication (e.g., ISAC's e-Messaging service, the FAA Message Board, and the MAP Program News page).
    • Cancellations and decreases to previously-submitted claims will continue to be accepted through (including) Friday, August 7, 2020.

Reconcile Data

  • Colleges are encouraged to complete the process of reconciling 2019-20 MAP data.
    • Timely reconciliation by colleges will assist ISAC staff in analyzing claim data and monitoring funding levels from the fiscal year 2020 MAP appropriation to determine whether sufficient funds will be available to pay late claims.
    • In order to facilitate a smooth close-out to the 2019-20 MAP processing cycle, only data reconciliation activities should take place at this time.
      • As part of the MAP payment offset process, new claims are compared to outstanding amounts owed to ISAC, and payment is made accordingly.
      • Any release of late claims (if applicable) would also impact the outstanding amounts owed to ISAC.
    • As part of the payment offset process, timely processing of cancellations and decreases will affect your institution's 2019-20 MAP "Due to ISAC" amount.
      • After ISAC determines that all payment processing is final, colleges with an outstanding amount owed to ISAC will receive an e-mail notice indicating the total amount to be returned. Until then, no funds should be returned to ISAC.
  • 2019-20 MAP data will become available for historical view only on Saturday, August 8, 2020.
    • As a reminder, reports continue to be available for colleges to access after data has been moved to historical view.

"Due to ISAC" Notifications

  • Notifications detailing the 2019-20 MAP "Due to ISAC" amount are anticipated to be sent to financial aid directors on August 18, 2020.
    • Funds should not be returned to ISAC until after a "Due to ISAC" notification has been received.
  • Upon receipt of the "Due to ISAC" notification, please review the information and return the appropriate amount to ISAC as soon as possible, using the Gift Assistance Programs Refund Check Form (which is available within the Refunds and Unpaid Claims portion of the Financial Aid Administrators – Processes area).
    • Be sure to provide all information requested on the form, including the term(s) for which funds are being returned.

Reductions to MPCHs Due to COVID-19

  • ISAC will soon provide guidance on the MAP system change that will allow for adjustments to MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCHs) when changes in a student's enrollment were made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • MPCH processing adjustments will be for the 2019-20 academic year only.
  • Watch for more information in a future e-Message.

Colleges are encouraged to regularly visit the MAP Program News page for updates regarding this program.


Updated MAP Eligibility Guides Available
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 11, 2020.

The Monetary Award Program (MAP) Eligibility User Guide has been updated to include information about Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid student records, including suggestions on how to filter in GAP Access for students who have submitted an Alternative Application. The updated guide is available on the GAP Access page at isac.org.

Additionally, a 2020-21 Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing has been posted on the Partner Training page in the e-Library, as well as on the Application Procedures for MAP page in the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area. The guide includes information about confirming MAP eligibility for students who have submitted an Alternative Application, and also provides guidance for processing professional judgment determinations.


ISAC Program FY21 Funding – Budget Bill Approved
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, Public Schools - Participating in the ING Grant and IVG Programs, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 11, 2020.

Yesterday, Governor Pritzker signed SB 264 (operating budget bill) and HB 357 [budget implementation bill (BIMP)], which together provide funding for Illinois programs and services, including ISAC's programs for the 2021 fiscal year (FY21). Both bills were approved by the General Assembly during the shortened legislative session that concluded over the Memorial Day weekend, and were then forwarded to the governor for signature.

The bills are now considered law and are officially Public Acts 101-637 and 101-636. ISAC's programs and services received funding that is essentially level to FY20 amounts. The FY21 appropriations for ISAC programs that will benefit Illinois students and their families are:

FY21 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 – $6,498,000
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

* AIM HIGH Program funds are disbursed in lump sums by ISAC to public universities. The AIM HIGH funds are not restricted by cohort for FY21, and Article 26 of PA 101-637 (the operating budget) also removes the cohort restrictions that had been placed on AIM HIGH funding for FY20.

The budget also includes a little more than $4.26 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) and (new for FY21) Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant recipients.

With the timely approval of the budget, ISAC FY21 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.


ISAC Webinar Rescheduled to Friday, June 5
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 June 3, 2020.

Due to technical difficulties, the ISAC Operational Update webinar that had been scheduled for this afternoon (Wednesday, June 3, 2020) has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. (CT) on Friday, June 5, 2020. As a reminder, this is a repeat of the webinar that was originally offered on May 27, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this unexpected change.

To participate in Friday's webinar, visit the Partner Training page in the e-Library at isac.org to access the webinar link and presentation materials. Registration is not required for the webinar, 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.


MAP Advising Data Collection Opens – Due August 7
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, Public Schools - Participating in the ING Grant and IVG Programs, MAP Users, and Business Officers on June 3, 2020.

Each year, institutions must submit to ISAC information about their Monetary Award Program (MAP) recipients. The 2020 collection period for MAP Advising data has opened and colleges may now submit the required information through the Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal. There have been no changes from past years to the submission process, through which the following will be reported:

  • available advising and support programs (for the 2019-20 academic year) and
  • course completion data (for the 2018-19 academic year).

The 2020 MAP Advising data is due by August 7, 2020.

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.
  • Pay special attention to on-screen instructions that identify the academic year about which the data must be provided.
  • 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.

MAP Advising Support Programs Search Tool

Information reported about colleges' available advising and support programs, including links for the college website pages where the individual advising/support programs appear, is available through the MAP Advising Support Programs Search Tool. The searchable/filterable database tool, accessible through the MAP Advising area of ISAC's website, is updated annually and contains results from previous collections of advising and support programs being provided to MAP recipients. You may find this information useful in enhancing your advising and support programs. The data, along with completion, retention and graduation rate data, is used when communicating MAP's positive outcomes to the Illinois legislature.

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.

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ISAC UPDATE


May 2020 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on June 1, 2020.

The May 2020 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 for Partners 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 2020 ISAC Update include:

  • Reminder about ISAC Update Webinars for FAAs
    (sent May 26, 2020)
  • 2020-21 Applications Update (ING Grant & PFC)
    (sent May 18, 2020)
  • Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
    (sent May 11, 2020)
  • 2020 CCE Conference Update
    (sent May 7, 2020)
  • April 2020 Electronic ISAC Update
    (sent May 1, 2020)

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