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ISAC Update

VOL. 37, NO. 3F
September 2019

Messages sent to:   Multiple Subscription Groups
ISAC Update

Welcome to the September 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 September.

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 Updates
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, MAP Users, and Business Officers on September 24, 2019.

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

ISAC is sharing the following information to assist colleges as they prepare for the upcoming implementation of the 2020-21 Monetary Award Program (MAP) start-up formula that was approved at the September 12, 2019 Commission meeting.

Additional operational details, including the specific date on which 2020-21 Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) will first appear in the MAP system (anticipated for early October), will be provided as they become available.

2020-21 Priority Deadline Date for Returning MAP Recipients – December 1, 2019

Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, ISAC will establish a priority deadline date by which returning MAP recipients are to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) in order to receive priority access to appropriated MAP funds. Returning recipients are students who received MAP funds during the previous academic year, i.e., for 2020-21, students who received MAP for 2019-20. All MAP eligibility requirements must continue to be met.

The 2020-21 priority deadline date is December 1, 2019 (through and including).

Communicating Priority Deadline Date to Students

Knowing colleges use a variety of methods to communicate with students, we have compiled sample text for different means of conveying the deadline date. You may choose to use any or all of the following language, but are not required to do so. Additionally, colleges with an already-established financial aid deadline that is earlier than the priority deadline date may opt to advertise that date rather than the later December 1 date.

E-mail text:

If you are an Illinois student receiving a MAP grant in the 2019-20 academic year and plan to attend college again in 2020-21, file your 2020-21 FAFSA by December 1, 2019 for priority access to a MAP grant.

This doesn’t mean you should wait until December 1 to file your FAFSA. ISAC and [college name] encourage all students to complete their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1, 2019.

For more information about the MAP priority deadline date, see the FAQs on ISAC's home page.

Text message:

If you are an Illinois student receiving a MAP grant for the 2019-20 academic year, be sure to file your 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2019 but definitely before December 1, 2019 for priority access to a MAP grant for the 2020-21 academic year. Need more info? See FAQs at: https://bit.ly/2kQT10R.

Facebook post:

Illinois college students who receive a MAP grant for the 2019-20 academic year, and maintain their eligibility for 2020-21, should file their 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1, 2019 but before the December 1, 2019 priority deadline date. Questions? Check out FAQs here: https://bit.ly/2kQT10R.

Changes to Required School-Issued Award Letter Language

Colleges are required to announce MAP grant awards to all eligible students enrolled at their institutions, including students who are only eligible for a second semester/second and third quarter MAP award. The awards must be clearly identified on the award notification as: State of IL MAP Grant (Est).

Colleges are also required to include specific information with the award notification. What follows is the required language for 2020-21 MAP award announcements, revised to include the elimination of the 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCH) cap, which takes effect on January 1, 2020, as well as other minor changes.

School Issued Award Letter Language for 2020-21

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. All MAP-approved institutions are required by the State of Illinois to announce MAP Grant awards to students who are enrolled or intending to enroll at their institution. An award amount is included in your financial aid package if you have met the eligibility criteria.

The MAP Grant award amount is an estimate made by the financial aid office and is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)". Please be aware that the number of available MAP Grants is limited by funding levels approved by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor, and reductions to estimated or actual MAP Grants are possible.

There are also limitations to how long you can continue to receive a MAP Grant. Usage is tracked by the number of credit hours for which you've received MAP benefits and is referred to as MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCHs). The maximum number of MPCHs that can be received is 135, which is equivalent to approximately four and a half years of full-time enrollment. For your reference, and to learn more about MPCH limitations, you may access a record of your MPCHs through the ISAC Student Portal at https://studentportal.isac.org/MPCH.


2020-21 MAP Start-up Formula Approved
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, and MAP Users on September 16, 2019.

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

The following highlights some of the agenda items included at the September 12, 2019 meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and any action taken. Details regarding several of the topics discussed at the meeting are provided in the September 12 Agenda Book, which can be accessed from the ISAC's Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area.

FY2021 (2020-21 Academic Year) MAP Start-up Formula Approved – Agenda Item 6

Because the fiscal year 2020-21 (FY2021) state budget process has not yet begun, when developing the proposed start-up formula, staff assumes that the Monetary Award Program (MAP) will receive $451.3 million, which is level with the FY2020 appropriation. Following the FY2020 recompute formula, staff recommended and the Commission approved using FY2010 tuition and fees and no reduction factor for 2020-21 academic year MAP grants (with a maximum award $5,340.00). The approved start-up formula is outlined in Table Four of Agenda Item 6, and may also be found in the MAP section within the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area of ISAC's website. Operational details regarding implementation of the FY2021 MAP start-up formula will be communicated in a future e-Message from ISAC.

Recent Legislative Action Affecting 2020-21 MAP

The following recent legislative action will affect MAP processing in FY2021:

  • Priority Deadline Date for Renewal MAP RecipientsPublic Act 100-0823 stipulates that, beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, renewal MAP recipients (i.e., students who received MAP funds during the prior academic year and continue to meet all eligibility requirements) who submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) by that academic year's priority deadline date will receive priority consideration for appropriated MAP funds. The 2020-21 priority deadline date for renewal MAP recipients will be announced prior to October 1, 2019.
  • Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act – Effective January 1, 2020:
    • Illinois residents who are not eligible for federal student aid may apply for state financial aid. An Illinois-specific online application – an alternative to the FAFSA – will be available on January 1, 2020, to be used for MAP grant consideration.
    • The 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCH) cap, which was adopted in FY2005 and required all MAP recipients to attain junior status before receiving more than 75 MPCHs, will be eliminated.

Encourage Students to Submit 2020-21 FAFSA after October 1

Given the likelihood that 2020-21 MAP award announcements will need to be suspended at some point during the processing cycle, colleges are reminded to encourage students to submit the 2020-21 FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1, 2019.

Continue to monitor our established methods of communication (including the MAP Program News area and the FAA Message Board) for operational updates throughout the year.

Additional Items

The following additional items were presented to the Commission:

Next Meeting

The next Commission meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 5, 2019.


Teacher Program Enrollment Verification Data
Sent to Financial Aid Directors and Financial Aid Administrators on September 11, 2019.

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

Beginning today – Wednesday, September 11, 2019 – enrollment verification data is available at My Zone for students who previously received funds from the below ISAC-administered teacher education programs.

These online rosters are to be completed by the college and returned to ISAC on or before Friday, October 11, 2019, verifying award recipients' current enrollment status.

As a reminder, ISAC monitors recipients' fulfillment of the program requirements because, if recipients fail to meet the applicable requirements, their scholarships convert to loans that must be repaid. Knowing recipients' enrollment status, as reported by the colleges, allows ISAC to communicate with recipients who have graduated (or otherwise stopped attending college) regarding the steps they need to take in order to fulfill their teaching requirements.

Note: Although many operational processes for ISAC-administered programs have moved to the GAP Access portal, enrollment verification for these teacher education programs remains at My Zone.

Reporting Enrollment Status

  • Data should be reported based on each student's last date of enrollment in the required teaching program.
  • If the "Enrollment Status" is anything other than "In School," then the "Effective Date" also must be provided. A listing of valid "Enrollment Status" options may be found in the TESP Enrollment Status Verification Quick Reference Guide.
  • If the student remains enrolled in the required teaching program for 2019-20, indicate such with the "In School" status; those students will continue to appear on future rosters.
  • For the Illinois SETTW Program, colleges must complete a Tuition Waiver Conversion Form (TWCF) for all SETTW recipients who are not enrolled or are no longer eligible to receive the waiver. Further instructions for completing and submitting the TWCF are provided in the TESP Enrollment Status Verification Quick Reference Guide.

Reminder: In order for staff to view the enrollment status verification data, My Zone System Administrators must ensure that access to this functionality has been granted (both for themselves and other staff, as appropriate). Further details regarding this process are provided in the "Security Access" section that appears at the bottom of this message.

Revising Data After Rosters Have Been Submitted

Enrollment status verification data is available to be updated only if the roster has not yet been submitted to ISAC. Colleges must contact School Services for changes that need to be made after a roster has been submitted.

Resources Available Online

Further details and instructions regarding the enrollment verification process for each of these programs may be accessed by selecting the appropriate links below:

Security Access

In order to add a system administrator or add new users, follow the instructions for Assigning a My Zone Administrator, which are located in the My Zone portal.

My Zone Administrators have the ability to "Edit User" or "Add User" for TESP Enrollment Access. Program access within My Zone can also be added, or changed for existing users, by selecting "My Zone User Maintenance" from the My Zone Program Selection Screen. Add "View Only" or "Update" access to Enrollment Status Verification rosters in the column entitled "Enrollment Status Access" on the My Zone User Maintenance: View Users screen.

My Zone is available each Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. (CT).


Commission Meeting to be Held Thursday, September 12 – Executive Briefing Friday, September 13
Sent to Financial Aid Directors, Financial Aid Administrators, and MAP Users on September 9, 2019.

The next regular meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 12 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago.

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

  • Monetary Award Program (MAP) start-up formula
  • Proposed administrative rules amendments – AIM HIGH Grant Pilot Program and RISE Act
  • State Legislative update
  • College Illinois!® Prepaid Tuition Program and investment updates
  • Commission appointments

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

Executive Briefing Conference Call – Friday, September 13

An Executive Briefing conference call is scheduled for Friday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to noon for 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 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 Golden Apple Processing Update
Sent to Financial Aid Directors and Financial Aid Administrators on September 9, 2019.

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

Starting with the 2019-20 academic year, all processing for the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program will take place using a new Golden Apple component in the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal (i.e., the Golden Apple system).

Student Records Available to View in the Golden Apple System

Effective immediately, colleges may view a listing of their institution's potential Golden Apple Scholars, as reported by the Golden Apple Foundation, via the "Student List Eligibility: View" screen within the Golden Apple system.

All users need a valid GAP Access ID and password to access the system. ISAC relies on a designated Primary Administrator (usually, the Financial Aid Director) at each institution to authorize users and provide them with the appropriate level of access for each ISAC program, including Golden Apple. Further details may be found in the GAP Access User Guides, and questions may be directed to ISAC's School Services Department.

What's New

Along with the transition to the Golden Apple system, the following are other changes being implemented during the 2019-20 Golden Apple Scholars processing cycle:

  • The Golden Apple Foundation, rather than colleges, certifies students' eligibility for the program. Colleges can see whether a student has been certified by viewing the "Student List Eligibility: View" screen within the Golden Apple system.
  • Once a student has been certified as eligible by the Golden Apple Foundation, their award will immediately appear on the "Student List Eligibility: View" screen.
  • To assist colleges as they administer the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program on their campuses, new "Eligible Indicators" have been added to the system.

Resources Available Online

Resources regarding this program may be accessed via the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area.

A Golden Apple User Guide will soon be available via the ISAC website. In addition, a "Golden Apple Electronic Processing" page is being developed, and will be made available to coincide with the start of payment processing (which is anticipated to take place in early October of 2019).

Watch for Future Updates

Future program updates, including details regarding payment processing for the 2019-20 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program (anticipated for early October), will be shared via the usual means of communication (i.e., the FAA Message Board, the Golden Apple Program News page, and ISAC's e-Messaging system).


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 September 5, 2019.

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:

General Information (Not Specific to One Academic Year)

2018-19 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019)

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

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


GENERAL INFORMATION

Reminder: Current Paper Applications Available in e-Library, and Review Your Website for ISAC Links

The current versions of all paper applications for ISAC gift assistance programs and loan repayment/forgiveness programs are posted at the e-Library's Applications, Forms & Brochures page. If your institution provides printed copies of these applications as a service to your students, be sure to occasionally verify that you are distributing the most recent version by comparing the date that appears in the footer of your printed supply with the corresponding date in the footer of the document posted at ISAC's website (isac.org).

September 12: Next Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at the Michael A. Bilandic Building in Chicago. A listing of tentative agenda items will be available prior to the meeting via the ISAC's Governing Board: The Commission section of the About ISAC area.

Visit the Commission Meeting Schedule page for information regarding the dates and locations of meetings scheduled in 2019.

September 17: Constitution Day

Find resources to help develop programs for the annual observance of Constitution Day, including access to the Constitution Day Resources page for students, via the Constitution and Citizenship Day document that is located in the Job Aids & Reference Materials area of the e-Library for Partners. Required of institutions receiving federal funding, educational programs about the U.S. Constitution are to be held on or around September 17 every year.

September 25: Webinar

ISAC will offer its next monthly webinar – Preparing for 2020-21 FAFSA Processing and 2020-21 MAP Start-Up – on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2 p.m. (CT).

To participate, visit the Partner Training page in the e-Library for Partners for the webinar link and to access the presentation materials, both of which will be posted on the day of the session. Registration is not required.

Be sure to regularly visit the Partners' Training Calendar to keep up-to-date regarding upcoming training opportunities.

Holiday Schedules

ISAC offices will be closed for the following holidays:

  • Monday, October 14 – Columbus Day
    ISAC offices will reopen on Tuesday, October 15.
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
    ISAC offices will reopen on Tuesday, November 12.

Processing Schedules

Although ISAC's offices will be closed on the days listed above, the Monetary Award Program (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 example: a MAP payment request submitted at 6 p.m. (CT) on Monday, October 14 will be processed the evening of Tuesday, October 15 – and payment results will be available via the MAP system the morning of Wednesday, October 16.

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 the ISAC offices are closed, ISAC staff will review and respond to messages during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT).


2018-19 ACADEMIC YEAR

September 30: MAP Outstanding Balances Due

Notifications detailing 2018-19 MAP "Due to ISAC" amounts were sent to financial aid directors via e-mail on August 20, 2019. Please review the information and return the appropriate amount to ISAC as soon as possible – and no later than Monday, September 30, 2019 – 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.

In October: Enrollment Verification Data for ISAC-Administered Teacher Education Programs Will Be Due

Enrollment verification data, which is anticipated to be available at My Zone during the week of September 9 for students who previously received funds from the below ISAC-administered teacher education programs, will be due during the month of October 2019.

Further details, including the specific date in October on which enrollment verification data will be due, will be provided in an upcoming e-Message.


2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR

ISAC Administrative Rules Available

ISAC Administrative Rules, which have been adopted for the 2019-20 academic year, are available within the e-Library for Partners and may be viewed in two formats: "Listed Alphabetically" and "Listed by Program Type/Topic."

Grant Program for Exonerees Application Available

An August 20 e-Message announces that applications for the 2019-20 Grant Program for Exonerees are now being accepted. Applications for this program are processed in date-received (i.e., "first come, first served") order.

Program funds are limited. Encourage your students who have received a pardon from the Governor of the State of Illinois that was issued on the grounds of innocence of the crime for which they had been imprisoned, or who have received a certificate of innocence from a circuit court – and meet all other eligibility requirements for the program – to complete and submit the application as soon as possible.

Coming Soon: Golden Apple Transition to GAP Access

All processing for the 2019-20 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program will take place in a new Golden Apple component of the GAP Access portal (in prior years, Golden Apple processing had taken place via the My Zone portal).

Watch for updates that will be coming soon (likely in early September) regarding the availability of student data in the Golden Apple system. Future communications will include specific details regarding certification, awarding, and requesting payment for 2019-20 Golden Apple Scholars.

September 13: Illinois SETTW Verification Rosters and Certification Forms Due

Illinois SETTW Verification Rosters and Verification Roster Certification Forms, used with the 2019-20 Illinois SETTW Program, are due back to ISAC on or before September 13, 2019. Refer to the ISAC Gift Assistance Program's SETTW Tuition Waiver Process area for sample rosters and forms.

By Late September: MTI Payment Request Data Availability

As announced in a September 4 e-Message, awarding for the 2019-20 MTI Scholarship Program has taken place for all timely (new and renewal) applicants who have been certified as eligible.

Future program updates, including details regarding 2019-20 MTI Scholarship Program payment processing – which is anticipated to be implemented by the end of September – and future rounds of awarding (if applicable), will be shared via the usual means of communication (i.e., the FAA Message Board, the MTI Scholarship Program News page, and ISAC's e-Messaging system).

Continue Certifying Eligibility

Continue certifying eligibility (using the MTI system at GAP Access) throughout the year, in order to ensure that your students will be included in any rounds of awarding that take place. Details regarding the certification process are provided in the May 15 e-Message.

October 1: ING Grant Applications for Full-Year/Fall Term Due

The interactive application for the 2019-20 Illinois National Guard (ING) Grant Program remains available to complete and submit online via the ISAC Programs portion of the ISAC Student Portal. Students should use the 2019-20 application to apply for the fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 terms.

The application priority consideration date for full-year and fall-only awards is October 1, 2019. Applications received after October 1 will be considered only for second semester (second/third quarter) and/or the summer term.

October 1: Grant Programs for Dependents of Police, Fire or Correctional Officers Applications for Full-Year/Fall Term Due

The application for the 2019-20 Grant Programs for Dependents of Police, Fire or Correctional Officers remains available to download and print. Students should use the 2019-20 application to apply for the fall 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020 terms. The application priority consideration date for full-year and fall-only awards is October 1, 2019. Applications received after October 1 will be considered only for second semester (second/third quarter) and/or the summer term.

December 6: MAP First-Term Payment Request Deadline

In order to be considered timely, 2019-20 MAP payment requests (claims) for the first term must be submitted to ISAC no later than Friday, December 6, 2019. Further details are provided at the MAP Payment area, as well as in an August 19 e-Message.

Report Benefit Usage Data for ISAC-Administered Military Programs

An August 19 e-Message indicated that ISAC is accepting benefit usage data for the 2019-20 Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) summer term and for the 2019-20 ING Grant fall term.

ISAC is now also accepting data for the 2019-20 IVG fall term.

Deadline dates are as follows:

  • IVG data
    • for the summer term is due September 27, 2019; and,
    • for the fall term is due December 27, 2019.
  • ING Grant data for the fall term is due December 6, 2019.

Benefit usage data for the ING Grant and IVG programs is submitted to ISAC by colleges via the benefit usage functionality within each program's system, allowing colleges to report students' enrollment hours and benefit dollar amounts for initial, in-district and out-of-district requests. Although ISAC is not able to reimburse institutions for 2019-20 ING Grant or IVG awards, reporting of benefits used must still take place so that usage can be accurately reflected on students' accounts.


2020-21 ACADEMIC YEAR

Encourage Returning Students to Start Planning Now for 2020-21 Academic Year

FAFSA Available on October 1 – Make Sure FSA ID is Ready

This is the time for returning college students (and, for dependent students, their parents) who have not already done so to create an FSA ID, to be used in October when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). As you know, FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for MAP, as well as several other forms of federal, state and institutional financial assistance. Encourage students to submit the 2020-21 FAFSA, which will require 2018 income information, as soon after October 1, 2019 as possible.


2019-20 MTI Awards Announced
Sent to Financial Aid Directors and Financial Aid Administrators on September 4, 2019.

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

2019-20 Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program awarding has taken place for all timely (new and renewal) applicants who have been certified as eligible.

Award Information Available via the MTI System at GAP Access

Effective immediately, colleges may access 2019-20 eligible award information (including funded or unfunded status) using the MTI system. As a reminder, starting with the 2019-20 academic year all online processing for the MTI Scholarship Program is done via the MTI system, which is a component of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal.

Award notifications will be mailed to awarded students by ISAC this week.

Award results may be viewed using the "Student List Eligibility: View" screen of the MTI system.

Resources Available Online

Resources regarding the awarding process may be accessed via the MTI Electronic Processing area (which includes the MTI User Guide), as well as at the Award Determination for MTI section of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs area.

Continue Certifying Records

Be sure to continue certifying records, so that applicants will receive the appropriate notifications and be included in any future rounds of awarding.

Watch for Future Updates

Future program updates, including details regarding 2019-20 MTI Scholarship Program payment processing and future rounds of awarding (if applicable), will be shared via the usual means of communication (i.e., the FAA Message Board, the MTI Scholarship Program News page, and ISAC's e-Messaging system).

Coming Soon – Golden Apple Transition to GAP Access

All processing for the 2019-20 Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program will take place in a new Golden Apple component of the GAP Access portal (in prior years, Golden Apple processing had taken place via the My Zone portal).

Watch for updates that will be coming soon (likely in early September) regarding the availability of student data in the Golden Apple system. Future communications will include specific details regarding certification, awarding, and requesting payment for 2019-20 Golden Apple Scholars.

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ISAC UPDATE


August 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on September 3, 2019.

The August 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 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 August 2019 ISAC Update include:

  • Grant Program for Exonerees Update
    (sent August 20, 2019)
  • 2019-20 MAP, ING Grant and IVG Updates
    (sent August 19, 2019)
  • July 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
    (sent August 1, 2019)

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