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Critical Student Information for 2017-18 Award Determination

Critical Data Items for 2017-18 Eligibility
Student Aid Report (SAR) Corrections
School Choices

In addition to the data elements that are required to determine a student's Expected Family Contribution (EFC), there are critical data elements that must be reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) and appear on the Student Aid Report (SAR) and/or Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) in order for ISAC to determine a student's eligibility for the Monetary Award Program (MAP).

If any one of the following items on the FAFSA/SAR/ISIR is blank, incomplete or incorrect, ISAC will not be able to determine a student’s MAP eligibility. When counseling students on how to properly complete the FAFSA, please review these critical items to ensure students are providing the information necessary for MAP award. If any corrections are needed, they must be made through the Central Processing System (CPS) to update a student’s record for calculation of MAP eligibility.

Critical Data Items for 2017-18 Eligibility

MAP Eligibility Results FAFSA on the Web Section Paper FAFSA Items
Student's State of Legal Residence -- ISAC will load a dependent** student's record to the ISAC database when the student's state of legal residence is blank or is a state other than Illinois, but the parents’ state of legal residence is Illinois and a MAP-approved school is listed as one of the college choices.

If this situation applies, there is no need to process a SAR/ISIR correction for Student’s State of Legal Residence to be considered for a MAP Grant.
Section 1 – Student Demographics Step One:
Item 18*
Will you have your first bachelor’s degree before you begin the 2017-18 school year?

Must report "no" to be processed for a MAP award.
Section 1 – Student Demographics (Eligibility) Step One:
Item 28
What will your grade level be when you begin the 2017-18 school year?

Must report an undergraduate grade level to be processed for a MAP award.
Section 1 – Student Demographics (Eligibility) Step One:
Item 29
At the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, will you be working on a master's or doctorate program?

Must report "no" to be processed for a MAP award.
Section 1 – Student Demographics (Eligibility) Step Three:
Item 48
Parents' State of Legal Residence -- must be Illinois for dependent students.

Failure to complete this item will produce an incomplete application for MAP for dependent students.
Section 4 – Parent Demographics Step Four:
Item 70
Federal School Code or College Name, Address, City and State - must report a MAP-approved school as one of the college choices. Section 2 – School Selection Step Six

* Please note: ISAC does not use answers to questions about the date a student or parent became a legal residence to determine Illinois residency.

** If an independent student indicates a state other than Illinois, ISAC will not receive the student's information from the CPS.

Student Aid Report (SAR) Corrections

ISAC’s policy regarding corrections to the SAR/ISIR for the Monetary Award Program (MAP) remains consistent with ED's policy on corrections. Corrections must be submitted to the CPS if the Social Security Number (SSN) is wrong or if there were problems with other application questions that are subject to data matches, such as the citizenship questions.

The guidelines for dollar items for Federal Student Aid programs and MAP grant recipients depend on the program, the impact of the changes on the student's eligibility and whether the student is selected for Federal Verification. Refer to the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Handbook - Application and Verification Guide.

School Choices

As long as a school is listed as one of the school choices on the ISIR, the MAP system calculates the award eligibility for that student for that specific MAP school. Refer to FAFSA Corrections for instructions for options to add or delete a school to the schools listed on the SAR.

The Federal School Code information on the SAR will not change.  Applicants will continue to receive SARs that list all the Federal School Codes selected on each transaction and will continue to have the same options for entering, updating, and viewing up to ten college choices on FAFSA on the Web and up to four choices on a paper SAR. The ISIR received by State Agencies will list all of the Federal School Codes selected by the applicant on each transaction. FAAs, however, will see only their school information (Federal School Code, Name, and Housing Plans) in FAA Correction Entry, Student Inquiry, and ISIR Compare and on the eSAR (PDF and HTML).