JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2020-21 FAFSA Completion Initiative

We're working with school districts across the state to help identify which of their students have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in their pursuit of financial aid for college. Principals can sign up their respective high school for the initiative through the GAP Access portal.

MAP* $ **8120 MILLION
Pell* $ 1.2070 BILLION
Total* $ 2.0190 BILLION


While MAP is among the largest need-based financial assistance programs in the nation, the same application that qualifies students for this state grant also brings over $1.3 billion in federal Pell dollars into Illinois every year. Through the federal program, students from low-income families can receive up to $6,345 per year to pay for tuition and fees, room and board, living expenses, books, supplies, transportation, child care and other costs of college attendance. A full MAP grant plus a full Pell grant could give a low income student over $10,000 per year toward his/her cost of attendance.

†Please note disclaimer below.

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†Disclaimer: Data in this table is compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and other sources. Various matching techniques have been applied to maximize identification of eligible students. The information is primarily based on Illinois high school students who have taken the ACT or SAT during their junior year, as well as student-based data reported by Illinois high schools. This information is dynamic and changes occur on a regular basis. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ALL HIGH SCHOOLS PROVIDE ISAC WITH STUDENT-BASED DATA AND COMPLETE CLASS ROSTERS. As a result, and because of the dynamic nature of the information, representations may be slightly higher or lower than that shown in an earlier reporting period. ISAC offers a free service to districts and schools, which offers greater precision to the level of an individual student. Currently, ISAC is able to share data with local school districts on a weekly basis to identify students who have and have not filed a FAFSA. This information is used by district counselors to help reach students who might otherwise not complete an application. For more information contact ISAC School Services at 866.247.2172 or by e-mail at isac.schoolservices@illinois.gov.

*This information is preliminary and is offered for illustrative purposes only.