JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Monetary Award Program (MAP)

Program News

(last updated September 16, 2021)

MAP Advising Data Collection (collection period extended to August 20, 2021)
2022-23 Start-up Formula
2021-22 Program Funding
Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
2021-22 Payment
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
2020-21 Reconciliation – Due to ISAC Notifications
Additional MAP References

MAP Advising Data Collection

(collection period extended to August 20, 2021)

Effective August 13, 2021 – and following a temporary period of unavailability – functionality to submit MAP Advising data is again available, and the 2021 collection period for this data has been extended through (including) Friday, August 20, 2021. Colleges may submit the required information through the GAP Access portal. There have been no changes from past years to the submission process. Further details, including tips for submitting MAP Advising data and access to the MAP Advising Support Programs Search Tool and the MAP Advising Data Collection User Guide, are provided in a June 7 e-Message.

2022-23

Start-up Formula

On September 16, 2021, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission approved the 2022-23 (FY2023) MAP start-up formula, which is the same as the FY2022 recompute formula. The Commission approved FY2023 formula using the FY2010 tuition and fees, a living allowance of $5,020, and no reduction factor for 2022-23 academic year MAP grants, with a maximum award of $5,496. The 2022-23 MAP start-up formula is outlined in the September 16 Agenda Book (Table 1 of Agenda Item 5) and on the 2022-23 MAP Formula page.

More information – including the 2022-23 Start-up Hand Calculation Forms and information about related file layout specifications – will soon be posted at this website.

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.

Suspension of Award Announcements

ISAC has suspended the announcement of 2021-22 MAP award announcements for all students 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 is received by ISAC, on or after Friday, August 27, 2021. Effective August 30, 2021 the suspension of MAP award announcements is reflected on the appropriate screens and reports of the MAP system, as well as in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.

Operational information can be found in the August 23 e-Message and on the Suspension of MAP Award Announcements page.

Payment

As announced in an August 18 e-Message, the 2021-22 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 can be found on the 2021-22 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 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.

Operational Guide for Alternative Application Processing

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.

2020-21

Reconciliation – Due to ISAC Notifications

Notifications detailing the outstanding amount that must be refunded to ISAC for 2020-21 MAP awards were e-mailed to financial aid directors on August 24, 2021. 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, 2021.

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