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Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated September 16, 2019)

2020-21 MAP Start-up
2019-20 Program Funding
2019-20 Payment
2019-20 Recompute
Limited Release of 2019-20 MAP Awards in Suspense
Suspension of 2019-20 MAP Award Announcements
2018-19 Reconciliation
Additional MAP References


MAP Start-Up Formula

On September 12, 2019, the ISAC Commissioners approved the 2020-21 (FY2021) MAP start-up formula, which is the same as the FY2020 Recompute formula. The commission approved the FY2021 formula using the FY2010 tuition and fees and no reduction factor with a maximum MAP grant award of $5,340 for the 2020-21 academic year. The 2020-21 MAP start-up formula is included in the September 12, 2019 Agenda Book, Item 6 in the e-Library and on the 2020-21 MAP Formula page within the MAP area.

Information regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, guidance regarding rounding, the 2020-21 Start-up Hand Calculation Forms and information about MAP Electronic processing will soon be updated in the MAP section.


Program Funding

The 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) appropriation for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) is $451,341,900.


As announced in an August 19 e-Message, the 2019-20 Monetary Award Program (MAP) payment processing cycle has begun. Colleges can submit first-term payment requests by accessing the MAP system via the GAP Access portal, as well as by File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Any 2019-20 MAP payment requests that were submitted via FTP prior to August 19, 2019 will not be processed, and must be resubmitted by the college. In order to prevent having to resubmit data in the future, never submit payment requests via FTP until after ISAC announces it is accepting claims for that academic year.

The first -term payment requests will be processed on a nightly basis as they are received from colleges, and then submitted to the State Comptroller for payment per standard operating procedures. In order to be considered timely, 2019-20 MAP first-term claims must be submitted on or before Friday, December 6, 2019.

Details regarding the MAP payment process can be found on the 2019-20 MAP Payment page and in the Payment chapter of the MAP user guide found on the and the MAP Electronic Processing page. Payment Claim deadline dates will be confirmed at the Fall 2019 ISAC Commission meeting.

MAP Recompute Formula

Verification of system changes related to the implementation of the FY20 recompute formula has been completed and MAP system is available. All 2019-20 ISIR data received from the CPS through (including) June 27, 2019 is reflected in the MAP system and daily processing of ISIR data has resumed.

The approved the 2019-20 MAP Recompute eligibility formula, eliminating the reduction factor and increasing the maximum award to $5,340, is outlined in the June 24 Agenda Book (Item 5) and on the 2019-20 MAP Formula page within this section. Also available within the MAP pages is information regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, guidance for rounding, the MAP Hand Calculation Forms-Recompute and information about MAP electronic processing. The "MAP Estimator" (which may be accessed by students via the Toolbox area of the ISAC Student Portal) have been updated to reflect the recompute formula.

Limited Release of 2019-20 MAP Awards in Suspense

As indicated in a June 26 e-Message, additional funds included in the fiscal year 2020 (FY20) MAP appropriation will be used not only to increase the amount of the maximum MAP grant but, also, to release approximately four weeks of suspended 2019-20 MAP award announcements (i.e., a partial release of awards in suspense status). As a result of additional funding and analysis of data after MAP Recompute was implemented, ISAC is releasing 2019-20 MAP grants from suspense status for students whose initial FAFSA receipt dates were April 29, 2019 through and including May 26, 2019. These released records may be viewed in the MAP system starting on July 11, 2019. All 2019-20 MAP grants for eligible students with initial FAFSA receipt dates on or after May 27, 2019, remain in suspense status.

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 2019-20 MAP Applicant Award Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application (FAFSA) receipt date.

Suspension of 2019-20 MAP Award Announcements

ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2019-20 MAP grants for all students whose initial FAFSA® was received by the Central Processing System (CPS) on or after Monday, April 29, 2019. Effective Tuesday, April 30, MAP records in suspension will be available in the MAP system via the GAP Access portal and show on the appropriate screens and reports, as well as in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.

Operational information can be found in the April 24 e-Message and on the Suspension of MAP Award Announcement page. Schools will be notified on this page when suspension of MAP Award Announcements is reflected in the MAP system.

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 page for details regarding college requirements, as well as a sample of the 2019-20 Required School-Issued Award Letter Language and ISAC-generated notifications.


2018-19 Reconciliation

Letters detailing the outstanding amount of MAP that must be refunded to ISAC for 2018-19 academic year were emailed to financial aid directors on August 20, 2019. Review the information and return the appropriate amount using the Gift Assistance Programs Refund Check Form, which is available within the Refunds and Unpaid Claims pages in the Processes area. The outstanding amount due should be returned to ISAC on or before September 30, 2019.

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