Skip to Content JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Check out the
Faces of MAP

Interested in how MAP funds are distributed? Get to Know MAP . . .

FOR OVER 50 YEARS, THE MONETARY AWARD PROGRAM (MAP) HAS HELPED MAKE COLLEGE POSSIBLE FOR MILLIONS OF ILLINOISANS ACROSS THE STATE

Indeed, MAP recipients come from every legislative district in the state. MAP matters because it provides need-based aid that a student doesn’t have to repay, defraying tuition and fee costs and limiting excessive student loan debt for those who don’t have the resources to pay for college.

There continues to be more demand for MAP than available funding, creating obstacles for students in accessing—and completing—postsecondary education. For example, in Fiscal Year 2019, a MAP appropriation of approximately $401 million served almost 129,000 students. Of the almost 83,000 eligible students who were not offered an award because they submitted their FAFSAs after the suspense date (when ISAC stops making awards because it believes it has exhausted expected funding), it is estimated that almost 46,000 of those students would likely have used a MAP award to attend school were it not for insufficient funding 1

After several years of essentially flat funding for MAP—punctuated by a two-year budget delay in 2016 and 2017 when MAP funding was delayed—increases in FY 18 and FY 20 MAP funding has brought MAP to a historic high of approximately $451 million. This funding helped to serve additional students as well as to increase the size of MAP awards to begin to address years of declining purchasing power of the grants. The expressed intent of Governor Pritzker to seek additional funding in FY 21 will help to move the state closer to serving--or may even allow the state to serve all eligible applicants for MAP, making college possible for more Illinois students. 

Read more about Why MAP Matters


[1] ISAC calculates the number of students who would likely have accepted the award, had they been offered it, based on the previous year’s data on awards offered and awards accepted (claimed) by students in each college sector. There are a number of reasons why a student might not claim an award they were offered, including not attending college at all, attending an out-of-state college, or attending a different college than was listed as first-choice on their financial aid application--where they are not eligible for a MAP grant.