JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated September 23, 2022)

2023-24 Start-up Formula
2022-23 Program Funding
2022-23 Payment
2022-23 Recompute Formula
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 Reconciliation – Due to ISAC Notifications 
Additional MAP References


Start-up Formula

On September 22, 2022, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission approved the 2023-24 (FY24) MAP start-up formula, which is the same as the FY23 recompute formula. The Commission-approved FY24 formula uses 2021-22 reported tuition and fees and the 2021-22 Pell Grant Payment Schedule for 2023-24 academic year MAP grants, with a maximum award of $7,200. See Agenda Item 4 of the September 22, 2022 Agenda Book, the 2023-24 MAP Formula page, and the 2023-24 Start-up Hand Calculation Forms for further details.

More information – including information about related file layout specifications – will soon be posted at this website.


Program Funding

The 2023 fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) appropriation for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) is $601,566,200.


As announced in an August 31 e-Message, the 2022-23 MAP payment processing cycle has begun. Colleges can submit first-term payment requests (claims) by accessing the MAP system, as well as by File Transfer Protocol (FTP). First-term 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 – including details regarding the new Short-Term Certificate Program indicator – can be found on the 2022-23 MAP Payment page and in the "Payment" chapter of the MAP User Guide.

Priority claim deadline dates will be posted at this site as they are determined for each term.

Recompute Formula

The FY23 MAP recompute formula has been implemented and – effective June 27, 2022 – all 2022-23 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) data received from the Central Processing System (CPS) through (including) June 22, 2022 is reflected in the MAP system. Daily processing of ISIR data has resumed.

At its June 16, 2022 meeting, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission approved a recompute formula that increases the maximum 2022-23 MAP award from $5,496 to $7,200, uses 2021-22 reported tuition and fees, and uses the 2021-22 Pell Grant Payment Schedule.

The approved FY23 recompute formula is outlined in the June 16, 2022 Agenda Book (Item 4), as well as on the 2022-23 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.

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.


Reconciliation – Due to ISAC Notifications

Notifications detailing the outstanding amount that must be refunded to ISAC for 2021-22 MAP awards have been e-mailed to financial aid directors. Review the information in the notification and return the appropriate amount – along with a completed Gift Assistance Programs Refund Check Form – no later than September 30, 2022.

Details about returning funds to ISAC and the payment offset and reconciliation process are provided in the Refunds and Unpaid Claims section of the Processes area.

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