JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

ISAC Gift Assistance Programs

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) provides financial aid for college education through the many gift assistance programs that it administers. Gift assistance is awarded in the form of scholarships, grants, tuition waivers and loan repayment programs. As an approved participant in any of the gift assistance programs administered by ISAC, postsecondary institutions may receive funds on behalf of eligible students.

Important Reminders

May 2022 – Calendar
June 2022 – Calendar

The monthly calendars offer at-a-glance reminders of important operational dates concerning the gift assistance programs. It does not replace the need to stay current with individual "Program News" pages for each program, but serves as a supplement.

How to Use this Section

For more detailed information about each of the Gift Assistance programs, select a specific program from the right-margin menu. Each program section contains a "Program News" page with up-to-date operation information. You can also find additional information such as the annual appropriation, application procedures, eligibility requirements and payment procedures.


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is needed to begin the application process for all federal programs and some state programs, including ISAC's Monetary Award Program (MAP). In some instances, Illinois students who are not eligible for federal financial aid [and do not file FAFSA] may apply for a MAP grant using the online Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. More information is available at the RISE Act page of this website. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid -which is patterned after the FAFSA -is currently for MAP consideration only.