JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Update

VOL. 37, NO. 3L
March 2020

Messages sent to: Operational Updates, Announcements
  ISAC Update

Welcome to the March 2020 ISAC Update for lenders and servicers, which is a quarterly compilation of e-Messages sent through ISAC's e-Messaging service throughout January, February and March.

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

Questions?

Questions regarding information in this ISAC Update can be directed to Lender Services by sending an e-mail message to ISAC.lenderservices@illinois.gov or calling 800.477.4411.

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.


OPERATIONAL UPDATES, ANNOUNCEMENTS


Time Is Running Out – Submit Your Proposal
Sent on March 9, 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 March 13, 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


Join ISAC at the 2020 ILASFAA Conference
Sent 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 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


Don't Forget – Submit Your Proposal
Sent on February 13, 2020.

CCE Conference Logo

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 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.


Reminder – Call for Proposals
Sent on January 28, 2020.

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You can play an active role in shaping the 2020 College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference (Be the Change!) 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 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


Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
Sent on January 15, 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 customers.

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

January 31: Responses Due for Unreported Loans Report

Responses to the Unreported Loans Report that was distributed in November are due on or before Friday, January 31, 2020. Further details are provided in a November 25 e-Message.

April 9: Next Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

Specific details, including the meeting time and location and 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 a listing of all meetings scheduled in 2020.

July 9: 2020 College Changes Everything® Conference
(Submit Interest Session Proposals by February 28)

The annual College Changes Everything® Conference will take place on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. In order to receive priority consideration, interest session proposals for the conference should be submitted no later than Friday, February 28, 2020. Further details, including access to the online session proposal form, are provided in a January 14 e-Message.

2020-21 FAFSA® Still Available

Let students and their families know that 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 the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP).

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

Check out the Financial Aid Planning section of the Students & Parents area for information regarding resources that are available to help students complete the financial aid process. In addition, access is provided to a listing of several events – including financial aid presentations – that are being offered across the State of Illinois. Encourage your customers to attend the event that best fits their schedule.

Holiday Schedules

ISAC offices will be closed for these holidays:

  • Monday, January 20, 2020 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 – Lincoln's Birthday
  • Monday, February 17, 2020 – Presidents' Day

Our offices will reopen the first business day immediately following each holiday.

Processing Schedules

Common Account Maintenance (CAM) files received on a holiday will be staged for processing that evening, with results available the morning of the next business day.

For Assistance

Access the Lenders area anytime, or send an e-mail message to ISAC's Lender 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 of Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT.


Call for Interest Session Proposals
Sent on January 14, 2020.

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CCE 2020: Be the Change

We hope you'll join us on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at the tenth annual College Changes Everything® (CCE) Conference – the state's preeminent annual college access and success and career readiness event. This one-day conference focuses on effective practices and showcases the programs and services available to help with increasing college access and college completion for students in support of the state's Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60% by the year 2025. For our state to reach this goal, stakeholders that make up all aspects of any student's community must work together to support and provide students with the knowledge and opportunities to be successful along the transitions from education to employment.

Call for Proposals: Due February 28, 2020 – Please Share Your Knowledge and Expertise

The Conference Planning Committee is making a call for interest session proposals for the 2020 conference. We encourage you to help make this conference a valuable professional development experience by sharing with your colleagues your best practices, perspectives, and knowledge. The online session proposal form is available on the conference website.

As the conference draws a broad group of professionals and stakeholders, we welcome proposals that cover a wide range of topics related to college access and completion and career readiness. Such topics might include, but are not limited to: college and career readiness; student retention, persistence, and completion; programs and services for underrepresented students; educational equity; career and technical education; partnerships; career development experiences; education, business, and the economy; college costs, financial aid, and affordability; and community stakeholder engagement.

Each session should provide in-depth information, practical ideas, and best practices for the audience and demonstrate positive steps taken and lessons learned. Conference attendees appreciate the opportunity to hear from the students being served by the program(s) and/or service(s) included in a session. To that end, we encourage you to include students in your sessions when possible.

  • Deadline – Priority consideration will be given to completed session proposal forms submitted by Friday, February 28, 2020.
  • Non-Commercial Policy – Please note that sessions are to be non-commercial forums. Individuals should refrain from using brand names or endorsing specific products. Sessions are not to be used as a place for direct promotion of products and services.
  • Conference Registration – Presenters are to register for the conference, and the registration fee is $40.00. Conference registration will open later this spring.
  • Presenter Compensation – The College Changes Everything® Conference does not provide any compensation for individuals accepted to serve as conference interest session presenters. This includes compensation for travel-related expenses and hotel accommodations.

A key strength of the conference is its bringing together a diverse audience from across the state to focus on educational opportunity and student success: college access practitioners; high school leaders, counselors, and case managers; college and university leaders and administrators; employers and workforce development professionals; and policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education and career readiness. The conference also serves as an opportunity for stakeholders to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state's goal.

The conference will take place at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois.

Please share this information with colleagues in your organization 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

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ISAC UPDATE


December 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on January 2, 2020.

The December 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 lenders and servicers via ISAC's e-Messaging service over the past quarter.

Topics covered in the December 2019 ISAC Update include:

  • A Holiday Wish from ISAC
    (sent December 9, 2019)
  • Unreported Loans Report Distributed
    (sent November 25, 2019)
  • Save the Date – Thursday, July 9, 2020
    (sent November 20, 2019)
  • Unreported Loans Report in Late November
    (sent November 4, 2019)
  • 2020-21 FAFSA® and Important Dates
    (sent October 2, 2019)
  • September 2019 Electronic ISAC Update
    (sent October 1, 2019)

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