JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Update

VOL. 37, NO. 8F
February 2020

Messages sent to:   Multiple Subscription Groups
ISAC Update

Welcome to the February 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 February.

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


Join ISAC at the 2020 ILASFAA Conference
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 28, 2020.

We look forward to seeing you during the upcoming Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) annual conference – "Roaring into the Future!" – being held March 9–11 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville.

Please stop by and visit with us during one of the following sessions at which Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) staff members will be presenting.

ISAC General Session

  • ISAC State Update

    Monday, March 9
    12:45 – 2 p.m. (General Session, immediately following lunch)
    Marriott Grand Ballroom

    Presenters: Eric Zarnikow (Executive Director), Katharine Gricevich (Director, Government Relations), and Carol Cook (Managing Director, Program Services & Compliance)

Breakout Sessions

  • The RISE Act: Implementation and Beyond (offered multiple times)

    Monday, March 9
    2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
    Conference Room A

    Tuesday, March 10
    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
    Conference Room A

    Wednesday, March 11
    9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
    Conference Room C

    Presenters: Kim Eck (Manager, Partner Services) and Tania Mendoza (Client Services Representative)

  • An Overview of ISAC Programs

    Monday, March 9
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Conference Room A

    Presenter: Tania Mendoza (Client Services Representative)

  • A Review of ISAC's GAP Access Portal

    Tuesday, March 10
    11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Conference Room A

    Presenter: Tania Mendoza (Client Services Representative)

All times listed are Central.

Once on site at the conference venue, refer to the conference program to verify the time and location of each session. For more details regarding the 2020 ILASFAA conference, visit the conference area of the ILASFAA website.


Deadline Extended – Submit Your Proposal
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 26, 2020.

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Be the Change!

Due to a high level of interests from participants, we are extending our priority consideration deadline to submit interest session proposals to Friday, March 13, 2020. We hope this will give those who require it additional time to finalize their proposals for the conference. Please complete the online session proposal form (more information about interest session submission is available on the conference web page).

As a reminder, the College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference gathers a broad group of stakeholders. We encourage 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.

We also want to acknowledge the people who have already submitted their interest session proposals. Thanks so much to you all!

The 2020 CCE conference takes place on July 9, 2020 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.


2020 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

ISAC Update Webinar – Wednesday, February 26
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 24, 2020.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) will offer an ISAC Update webinar for financial aid administrators on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2 p.m.

To participate in the webinar, visit the Partner Training page in the e-Library for Partners 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 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.


Don't Forget – Submit Your Proposal
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, 2020.

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Be the Change!

Help Be the Change! by submitting an interest session proposal for the 2020 College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference. One of the things that makes this conference so valuable to its attendees are the interest sessions developed and led by dedicated educators and professionals like you. Please consider sharing your insights, experiences, and creative solutions by submitting a proposal showcasing programs, services, resources, and partnerships impacting student success.

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 February 28, 2020.

The 2020 CCE conference takes place on July 9, 2020 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.


2020 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


Register Now for ILASFAA Annual Conference
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 11, 2020.

The 2020 Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA) annual conference – "Roaring into the Future!" – takes place Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11.

Early Bird Registration

Be sure to register prior to the early bird registration deadline of Sunday, February 16, 2020. The early bird full conference rate is $345, and that includes your 2020-21 ILASFAA membership fee. The full conference registration rate after February 16 is $395.

To register, visit the Registration page on the conference website.

Hotel Reservations

A block of guest rooms has been reserved (March 8, 2020 through March 11, 2020) at the conference hotel – the Chicago Marriott Naperville – at a special room rate of $134 per night. This rate will be available until February 16, 2020 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first. To reserve your room(s), visit the "Book Your Stay" section of the conference website, or click the below link to access the ILASFAA Conference group page:

https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1565370402125&key=GRP&app=resvlink

ISAC Sessions

The conference will kick off on Monday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m. with lunch, the President's Welcome, and an Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) State Update. Other conference sessions that will be presented by ISAC staff include:

  • The RISE Act: Implementation and Beyond (offered multiple times)
  • An Overview of ISAC Programs
  • A Review of ISAC's GAP Access Portal

Watch for a follow-up e-Message closer to the conference, which will provide specific dates, times, locations, and the presenter(s) for all ISAC sessions.

For more details about the conference, including access to the tentative agenda, please visit the conference website. Questions may be directed to Kim Eck at kimberly.eck@illinois.gov.

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ISAC UPDATE


January 2020 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on February 3, 2020.

The January 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 January 2020 ISAC Update include:

  • Reminder – Call for Proposals
    (sent January 28, 2020)
  • ISAC Update Webinar – Wednesday, January 29
    (sent January 24, 2020)
  • Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
    (sent January 15, 2020)
  • Call for Interest Session Proposals
    (sent January 14, 2020)
  • 2019-20 Spring Term Claims & Benefit Usage
    (sent January 8, 2020)
  • The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is Now Available
    (sent January 6, 2020)
  • GAP Access Available, and MAP Updates
    (sent January 6, 2020)
  • December 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
    (sent January 2, 2020)

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