JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated June 27, 2022)

2022-23 Program Funding
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 Program Funding
Second Release of 2021-22 Suspended Award Announcements
Second Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
Release of 2021-22 Suspended Award Announcements
Initial Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
2021-22 Payment
Mid-Year Recompute (Increase of Second- and Third-term Award Amounts)
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

Program Funding

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

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.

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 Release of Suspended Award Announcements

As explained in e-Messages dated March 18 and March 21, ISAC is releasing from suspense status the 2021-22 MAP award announcements for students with initial Central Processing System (CPS) FAFSA receipt dates, or initial ISAC Alternative Application receipt dates, from February 1, 2022 forward. Effective March 21, 2022, the 2021-22 MAP system reflects the release of all suspended award announcements.

Refer to the MAP Suspense page for information on how to identify records 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.

Second Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements

As announced in a January 13 e-Message, ISAC implemented a second suspension of the announcement of 2021-22 MAP grants for applicants whose initial 2021-22 FAFSA was received by CPS, or whose initial Alternative Application was received by ISAC, on or after February 1, 2022. Effective February 2, 2022, the second 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

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 March 21, 2022, ISAC is accepting 2021-22 MAP payment requests (claims) for the third term.
    • "Third term" is defined as the third quarter or – for institutions where the second semester begins after February 15th – the second semester.
  • The 2021-22 MAP third-term priority claim deadline date is Friday, July 1, 2022.
    • 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.
  • Effective March 21, 2022, all 2021-22 MAP first- and second-term claims that had been submitted after each term's priority claim deadline date have been released for payment, and results may be viewed in the MAP system.
  • In order to be considered timely, the following 2021-22 MAP claims must be submitted on or before the third-term priority claim deadline (July 1, 2022).
    • For third term:
      • initial claims, and
      • increases to previously-submitted claims.
    • For first and second term:
      • initial claims,
      • increases to previously-submitted claims,
      • claims for awards released from suspense, and
      • late claims.
  • When submitting claims, remember that:
  • 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.

Mid-Year Recompute (Increase of Second- and Third-term Award Amounts)

As explained in e-Messages dated April 6 and April 11, 2021-22 MAP second- and third-term award amounts have been increased through a mid-year recompute. Effective April 11, 2022, the 2021-22 MAP system displays increased awards as follows:

  • The maximum annual award amount is now $5,661.
  • At semester institutions:
    • Paid award amounts for the second (spring) semester have been increased by six percent (6%).
    • No change has been made to award amounts for the first (fall) semester (maximum remains $2,748).
    • The maximum award amount for the spring semester is now $2,913.
    • Any claims or adjustments submitted on or after Monday, April 11, 2022 will calculate under the mid-year recompute formula, reflecting the 6% increase to spring-term award amounts.
  • At quarter institutions:
    • Paid award amounts for the second (winter) and third (spring) quarters have been increased by four-and-one-half percent (4.5%).
    • No change has been made to award amounts for the first (fall) quarter (maximum remains $1,832).
    • The maximum award amount for the winter quarter is now $1,914.
    • The maximum award amount for the spring quarter is now $1,915.
    • Any claims or adjustments submitted on or after Monday, April 11, 2022 will calculate under the mid-year recompute formula, reflecting the 4.5% increase to winter- and spring-term award amounts.

Colleges will receive payment and invoice information – reflecting the total amount of the increases for reprocessed records – through the usual business process.

  • Colleges may download for their records ISAC-generated Cumulative Payment Results Reports (pre- and post- recompute), which will remain available through close-out of the 2021-22 academic year.
  • In addition, colleges have the usual ability to generate the Payment Results/Exceptions report.
  • The Payment Results Extract file displays both the original amount and the amount by which the payment has increased.

MAP Mid-Year Recompute FAQ document is available to answer some commonly asked questions, and includes guidance about the impact of the increased MAP award amounts on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chapter 33 benefits.

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