JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated January 13, 2022)

2022-23 Award Announcements
2022-23 File Specifications
2022-23 Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout Specifications
2022-23 Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing
2022-23 Start-up Implementation
2021-22 Program Funding
Second Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
Release of 2021-22 Suspended Award Announcements
Initial Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
2021-22 Payment (submit first- and second-term claims by February 25)
2021-22 Recompute Formula
2021-22 Award Announcements
2021-22 File Specifications
2021-22 FAFSA & Alternative Application Available on October 1
2021-22 Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout
2021-22 Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing
Additional MAP References

2022-23

Award Announcements

Colleges are required to announce MAP awards to eligible students enrolled at their institutions. ISAC will mail letters only to students who are in a default status on an ISAC-guaranteed student loan. A copy of the Default Resolution Options document, outlining how to regain federal and state student aid eligibility, is enclosed with each Default Status notification. Notifications are dated and mailed after ISAC processes ISIRs.

Refer to the MAP Award Announcements area for details regarding college requirements, including the 2022-23 Required School-Issued Award Notification Language.

File Specifications

The MAP file specifications have been updated for the 2022-23 processing cycle, and are pertinent to schools utilizing the file extraction features of the MAP system or for sending MAP payment requests to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The 2022-23 MAP 160-Byte File Specifications document is available via the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library.

Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout Specification

An Alternative Application Student Record is created for each student who completes an Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application). The application data that is critical to determining eligibility for MAP is provided to schools in the GAP Access portal for each student who has listed that college as a school choice on the student’s Alternative Application. The 2022-23 Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout Specifications document is available via the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library.

Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing

2022-23 Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing is available to assist schools with resolving MAP eligibility questions, dealing with conflicting information, correcting data and managing Alternative Application student records in GAP Access, as well as other issues. The Guide provides ISAC's guidance for each issue and the applicable regulatory and/or rules reference.

Start-up Implementation

Both the 2022-23 FAFSA and Alternative Application (English and Spanish) became available on October 1, 2021.

2022-23 MAP data – reflecting the start-up formula that was approved at the September 16, 2021 Commission meeting – are available to access via the MAP system. All 2022-23 Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) and Alternative Application Student Records received by ISAC through (including) Thursday, October 7, 2021 are available with their accompanying eligibility status information. Daily processing of 2022-23 ISIR, Alternative Application, and eligibility status information has commenced. Further details are provided in an October 7 e-Message.

The 2022-23 priority deadline date by which returning MAP recipients are to submit their FAFSA or Alternative Application in order to receive priority access to appropriated funds is December 1, 2021 (through and including). Returning recipients are students who received MAP funds during the previous academic year (i.e., for 2022-23, students who received MAP for 2021-22). All MAP eligibility requirements must continue to be met.

Also available in the 2022-23 MAP Formula area are the 2022-23 Start-up Hand Calculation Forms and information regarding rounding and calculating term awards.

2021-22

Program Funding

The 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) appropriation for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) is $479,566,200.

Second Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements

As announced in a January 13 e-Message, and based on the latest analysis of application and claim data, ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2021-22 MAP grants for applicants whose initial 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS), or whose initial Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) is received by ISAC, on or after Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Once determined, this page will be updated to announce when the February 1, 2022 suspense date is reflected in the MAP system.

Refer to the MAP Suspense page for information on how to identify records in a suspension status in the MAP system. The 2021-22 MAP Applicant Award Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application (FAFSA or Alternative Application) receipt date.

Release of Suspended Award Announcements

As announced in a December 20 e-Message, ISAC released from suspense status the 2021-22 MAP award announcements for students with initial CPS FAFSA receipt dates, or initial ISAC Alternative Application receipt dates, from August 27, 2021 forward. These released records were made available to view in the MAP system starting on December 22, 2021. The date through which suspended awards are being released was announced in January 2022.

Refer to the MAP Suspense page for information on how to identify records in a suspension status or released from suspension in the MAP system. The 2021-22 MAP Applicant Award Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application (FAFSA or Alternative Application) receipt date.

Initial Suspension of Award Announcements

ISAC first suspended the announcement of 2021-22 MAP award announcements for all students whose initial 2021-22 FAFSA was received by CPS, or whose initial Alternative Application was received by ISAC, on or after August 27, 2021. Effective August 30, 2021 the initial suspension of MAP award announcements was reflected on the appropriate screens and reports of the MAP system, as well as in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.

Operational information was provided in the August 23 e-Message and on the Suspension of MAP Award Announcements page.

Payment

Important dates and reminders for 2021-22 MAP payment processing:

  • Effective January 4, 2022, ISAC is accepting 2021-22 MAP payment requests (claims) for the second term.
  • The 2021-22 MAP second-term priority claim deadline date is Friday, February 25, 2022.
    • As announced in a January 13 e-Message, having an early second-term priority claim deadline will allow ISAC staff the time needed to assess claim volume and determine whether and by how much second- and third-term award amounts will be increased to offset low claim rates.
      • ISAC’s goal is to best leverage the full $479.5 million fiscal year 2022 MAP appropriation so as to provide meaningful assistance to the greatest possible number of eligible students, while also providing financial aid administrators sufficient time to adjust award packages before the end of the academic year.
    • Any initial claims made after the term’s priority payment request deadline will be considered late and will only be paid if funding remains available after paying timely claims.
  • In order to be considered timely, the following 2021-22 MAP claims must be submitted on or before February 25, 2022.
    • For second term:
      • initial claims, and
      • increases to previously-submitted claims.
    • For first term:
      • initial claims,
      • increases to previously-submitted claims,
      • claims for awards released from suspense, and
      • late claims.
  • When submitting first- and second-term claims, remember that ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2021-22 MAP grants for applicants whose initial 2021-22 FAFSA is received by CPS, or whose initial Alternative Application is received by ISAC, on or after February 1, 2022.
  • As announced in a December 21 e-Message, all MAP claims for the first term are being paid and will continue to be paid through the second-term priority claim deadline, which is February 25, 2022.
  • Colleges are encouraged to always review the Payment Results/Exceptions report in the Reports section of the MAP system the day after submitting payment requests to see which requests, if any, did not process as expected.

Colleges can submit claims by accessing the MAP system, as well as by File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Payment requests are processed on a nightly basis as they are received from colleges, and then submitted to the State Comptroller for payment per standard operating procedures.

Details regarding the MAP payment process can be found on the 2021-22 MAP Payment page and in the "Payment" chapter of the MAP User Guide.

Recompute Formula

The FY22 MAP recompute formula has been implemented and – effective July 6, 2021 – all 2021-22 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data received from the Central Processing System (CPS) through (including) July 2, 2021 is reflected in the MAP system. Daily processing of ISIR data has resumed.

At its June 17, 2021 meeting, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission approved a recompute formula that increases the maximum 2021-22 MAP award from $5,340 to $5,496 and also increases the living allowance from $4,875 to $5,020. The Commission also approved either releasing some suspended awards if first-term claims are low OR reducing second- and third-term claim amounts in the unlikely event that – following receipt of first-term claims – it is determined necessary to do so in order to stay within the appropriation.

The approved FY22 recompute formula is outlined in the June 17 Agenda Book (Item 5), as well as on the 2021-22 MAP Formula page within this section. Also available within the MAP section is information regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, guidance for rounding, and access to information about MAP electronic processing.

Award Announcements

Colleges are required to announce MAP awards to eligible students enrolled at their institutions. ISAC will mail letters only to students who are in a default status on an ISAC-guaranteed student loan. A copy of the Default Resolution Options document, outlining how to regain federal and state student aid eligibility, is enclosed with each Default Status notification. Notifications are dated and mailed after ISAC processes ISIRs.

Returning MAP recipients (i.e., students who received MAP funds during the prior academic year and continue to meet all eligibility requirements) who submit their FAFSAs by that academic year’s priority deadline date (set by ISAC annually) will receive priority access to appropriated MAP funds. The 2021-22 priority deadline date for returning applicants is on or before December 1, 2020.

Refer to the MAP Award Announcements page for details regarding college requirements, as well as a sample of the 2021-22 Required School-Issued Award Notification Language and ISAC-generated notifications. The 2021-22 MAP required school-issued award notification language was updated to include reference to possible student eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for all MAP-eligible students, as required by P.A. 101-0560.

File Specifications

The MAP file specifications have been updated for the 2021-22 processing cycle. The 160-byte file layout is pertinent to schools utilizing the file extraction features of the MAP system or for sending payment requests for MAP to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). The 2021-22 MAP 160-Byte File Specifications are available from the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library. The 2020-21 MAP file specifications are also available from the Electronic Tools page.

2021-22 FAFSA & Alternative Application Available on October 1

The 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) cycle, including FAFSA on the Web, will open on October 1, 2020. The Central Processing System (CPS) will begin processing 2021-22 FAFSA data on October 2, 2020. Students must submit the FAFSA each year in order to be considered for all federal financial aid programs and most institutional programs. FAFSA results are also used to determine eligibility for most state programs, including the MAP grant. Details regarding the 2021-22 FAFSA cycle may be accessed via the 2021-22 Applying for Financial Aid section of the e-Library.

In addition, the 2021-22 Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid will also be available (in English and Spanish) after 12 p.m. on October 1, 2020. As a reminder, undocumented students and transgender students meeting the criteria of the RISE Act may file the Alternative Application, which is patterned after the FAFSA, to apply for the MAP grant. Further details are provided September 25 e-Message. The 2021-22 Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout Specifications is available from the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library.

Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout

An Alternative Application Student Record is created for each student who completes an Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, which is patterned after the FAFSA. The application data that is critical to determining eligibility for MAP is provided to schools in the GAP Access portal for each student who has listed that college as a school choice on the student’s Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid, which is patterned after the FAFSA.  The 2021-22 Alternative Application Student Record School File Layout Specifications is available from the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library.

2021-22 Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing is available to assist schools with resolving MAP eligibility questions, dealing with conflicting information, correcting data and managing Alternative Application student records in GAP Access, as well as other issues. The Guide provides ISAC's guidance for each issue and the applicable regulatory and/or rules reference.

Additional MAP References

To access general information about the MAP program, click on one of the links in the right-hand menu. To access the page within the MAP section that addresses the topics listed below, click on the topic.

Creating a Report for the Release of Shutdown Records