JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Golden Apple Scholars (GA) of Illinois Electronic Processing

Overview
Access the GA System
Hours of Operation
GA User Guide
Helpful Hints

Overview

The Golden Apple Scholars (GA) of Illinois Program is processed through ISAC’s Gift Assistance Program (GAP) Access portal. Processing via the GA system has the same look and feel and functionality as the other Gift Assistance Programs administered through GAP Access.

The Application, Certification and Award Determination functions to receive a Golden Apple Scholarship are performed by the Golden Apple Foundation. When the Golden Apple Foundation submits applicant and award information to ISAC, a record is added to the college’s database in the GA system that can be viewed by selecting the Student tab to display the Student List Eligibility: View screen. The Student List Eligibility: View screen displays in a format similar to other programs that are processed via the GAP Access portal.

Currently colleges have the option to submit individual or batch payment requests for awarded students. Refer to the GA Payment page for information about the payment request and payment authorization processes. Refer the GA User Guide section for details regarding application, eligibility certification, award determination, payment request and payment authorization processes.

Access the GA System

Due to the confidential nature of the student-specific data involved, a secure authentication process is required before access to the GA system can be granted. All users, not just those who work in the financial aid office, need a valid GAP Access ID and password ISAC will rely on a contact person, or Administrator, at each institution to authorize users at his/her school. Refer to the GAP Access User Guide for general questions, user name and password maintenance, and technical information about GAP Access. Contact a School Services Representative with questions that are not addressed in the Guide.

The financial aid director is the primary GAP Access Administrator, however, the director may select others to act as GAP Access Administrators. GAP Access Administrators are responsible for monitoring passwords, security and staff access to the GA system. The financial aid director should select the administrators based on the confidential nature of, and the access to student data. To access GA records:

  • sign on to the GAP Access system and select Programs from the blue ribbon across the top of the screen then select "GA" from the dropdown box;
  • select the academic year (currently the 2019-20 is the only academic year available);
  • select one of the tabs at the top of the “GA” screen to access any of the functions; i.e., select the “Student” Tab to access the Student List Eligibility: View.

Hours of Operation

The GA system is available each day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (CT).

GA User Guide

The GA User Guide, which includes details regarding access to student eligibility data and payment processing, can be viewed online, printed or saved to your computer for future reference.

Helpful Hints

  • The GA system via GAP Access works best using Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher.
  • Adjust the screen resolution if needed.
  • For optimum printing of screens, set the printing option to landscape.