JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated November 21, 2019)

Removal of 75-Hour MAP Paid Credit Hour Limit - January 1, 2020
2020-21 MAP Start-up
2020-21 MAP Award Announcements
2020-21 MAP File Specifications
2019-20 Program Funding
2019-20 Payment
2019-20 Recompute
Limited Release of 2019-20 MAP Awards in Suspense
2019-20 MAP Award Announcements
Additional MAP References

2020-21

MAP Start-Up Formula

2020-21 Monetary Award Program (MAP) data – reflecting the start-up formula that was approved at the September 12, 2019 Commission meeting – is now available to access via the MAP system. All 2020-21 Institutional Student Information Records (ISIRs) received by ISAC through (including) Monday, October 7, 2019 are available with their accompanying eligibility status information. Processing of 2020-21 ISIR and eligibility status information will continue per the usual daily schedule. Refer to the October 8 e-Message for additional information.

Details of the 2020-21 start-up formula, as well as information regarding calculating a term award for both semester and quarter schools, guidance regarding rounding and the 2020-21 Hand Calculation Forms – Start-up forms are available within this section. Refer to the MAP Electronic Processing page for information about the MAP system with links to the 2020-21 160-byte file specifications and user guides.

Award Announcments

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.

Beginning with the 2020-21 academic year – 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 2020-21 priority deadline date for returning applicants is on or before December 1, 2019.

Refer to the MAP Award Announcements page for details regarding college requirements, as well as a sample of the 2020-21 Required School-Issued Award Notification Language and ISAC-generated notifications.

MAP File Specifications

The MAP file specifications have been updated for the 2020-21 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 2020-21 MAP 160-Byte File Specifications are available from the Electronic Tools page within the e-Library

2019-20

Program Funding

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

Removal of 75-Hour MAP Paid Credit Hour Limit - January 1, 2020

The 75-hour MAP paid credit hours (MPCH) limit for freshman and sophomore students will be removed as one of the provisions in the RISE Act, which is effective January 1, 2020. Because the change takes effect in the middle of the 2019-20 academic year, some students who were not MAP-eligible in the fall term may be eligible for spring term awards. Further details are provided in a November 19 e-Message.

Payment

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.

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.

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