JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Update

VOL. 38, NO. 3L
March 2021

Messages sent to: Operational Updates, Announcements
  ISAC Update

Welcome to the March 2021 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


Submit Your Session Proposal Today
Sent on March 9, 2021.

CCE Conference Logo
Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
for the Success of All Learners

Time is running out to submit an interest session proposal for the 2021 College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference before the priority consideration deadline of March 12, 2021. One of the things that makes this conference so valuable to its attendees is the interest sessions developed and led by dedicated educators and professionals like you. We invite you to submit a proposal to showcase the work you do that contributes to student success. As a reminder, this year's virtual conference will be taking place during the week of July 12, 2021.

We have a broad group of stakeholders who attend this annual conference, and 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. Please complete the online session proposal form (more information about interest session submission is available on the conference web page).

Please share the information in this e-Message with colleagues in your organization and other partners.

2021 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
  • 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 25, 2021.

CCE Conference Logo
Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
for the Success of All Learners

You can play an active role in shaping the 2021 College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference by submitting an interest session 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. This year's virtual conference will be taking place during the week of July 12, 2021.

We have a broad group of stakeholders who attend this annual conference, and 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. 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 12, 2021.

We understand this continues to be a difficult time for schools, colleges and universities, organizations, and their students and staff as they continue to adapt to changing learning and work environments, in addition to all the other challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to visit ISAC's web page, entitled College-Going and Financial Aid Resources and Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak, for information and resources to assist you and your students and families during the current circumstances.

Please share the information in this e-Message with colleagues in your organization and other partners.

2021 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
  • 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


2021 CCE Conference: Save the Date & Call for Proposals
Sent on February 5, 2021.

CCE Conference Logo

Save the Date & Call for Proposals

2021 CCE Conference: Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Success of All Learners

Please mark your calendars for the 2021 College Changes Everything® (CCE) conference taking place the week of July 12, 2021. This annual conference is the state's preeminent college access and success and career readiness event. In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic situation and the uncertainty about whether an in-person event in July will be possible within the Restore Illinois Plan framework, the 2021 conference will be a virtual event with online sessions throughout the week of July 12th. As with our in-person conferences, this online event will showcase best practices, collaborations, and resources available to promote and support student college and career readiness and to help Illinois reach its Goal 2025 – to increase the proportion of adults in Illinois with high-quality degrees and postsecondary credentials to 60% by the year 2025. For our state to reach this goal, stakeholders from all facets of a student's community must work together to support and provide them with the knowledge and opportunities to be successful along their education pathways and as they transition to employment. Despite the ongoing limited face-to-face opportunities to interact with our colleagues, the needs of our learners, institutions, and communities continue to be urgent and pressing, and it is important to come together to connect and facilitate learning with stakeholders across our state.

This year's conference theme is Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Success of All Learners. Learners from underserved and historically underrepresented populations are not just experiencing problems directly resulting from the pandemic, but the pandemic has also elevated those inequities. It's critical we take steps now to examine and address the short- and long-term outcomes of our policies, programs, and structures, as well as grapple with those key issues and the tensions they raise as we strive to meet the needs of all learners. The CCE conference provides an opportunity for stakeholders to identify actionable solutions to strengthen our work to increase education and career opportunities for all learners, allowing them to contribute to stronger communities and a robust and more inclusive workforce and economy.

Call for Proposals: Due March 12, 2021 – Please Share Your Knowledge and Expertise

The Conference Planning Committee encourages you to help make this conference a valuable professional development experience by submitting a conference interest session proposal. The online session proposal form is available on the conference website. Presenting at the CCE conference is a terrific way to support and engage in active learning with attendees, share your ideas and expertise with a diverse audience, and enrich your own professional growth.

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. We are also looking at how these and other topics are connected to the conference theme of Fostering Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging for the Success of All Learners.

Each 60-minute 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). 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, March 12, 2021. The online proposal form is on the conference website.
  • 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.
  • Presenter Compensation – The CCE conference does not provide any compensation for individuals accepted to serve as conference interest session presenters.

A key strength of the conference is in 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; policymakers and elected officials interested in higher education and career readiness; and learners themselves. The conference also serves as a catalyst for discussions and an opportunity for attendees to improve their practice of collaboration and collective leadership as we work toward the state's 60 by 25 goal. We hope you will attend the conference as we stand together as a group of like-minded professionals committed to improving outcomes for all learners. A conference agenda and registration will be available later this spring.

We understand this continues to be a difficult time for schools, colleges and universities, organizations, and their students and staff as they continue to adapt to changing learning and work environments, in addition to all the other challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to visit ISAC's web page, entitled College-Going and Financial Aid Resources and Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak, for information and resources to assist you and your students and families during the current circumstances.

Please share the information in this e-message with colleagues in your organization and other partners.

2021 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
  • 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 20, 2021.

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).

COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Although we are working differently during this time, we want to remind students, families, our partners and other constituents 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.

January 29: Responses Due for Unreported Loans Report

Responses to the Unreported Loans Report that was distributed in November are due on or before Friday, January 29, 2021. Further details are provided in a November 20 e-Message.

April 15: Next Commission Meeting

The next meeting of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. (CT) on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Further details, including 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 all meetings scheduled in 2021.

Holiday Schedules

ISAC staff will be unavailable for these holidays:

  • Friday, February 12, 2021 – Lincoln's Birthday
  • Monday, February 15, 2021 – Presidents' Day

Staff will again be available 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 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.

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ISAC UPDATE


December 2020 Electronic ISAC Update
Sent on January 4, 2021.

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

Topics covered in the December 2020 ISAC Update include:

  • A Holiday Wish from ISAC
    (sent December 11, 2020)
  • Unreported Loans Report Distributed
    (sent November 20, 2020)
  • Unreported Loans Report in Late November
    (sent November 9 , 2020)
  • 2021-22 FAFSA®, Alternative Application, and Important Dates
    (sent October 7, 2020)

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