JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

MAP Appeals

{ISAC Rules 2700.70}

While a financial aid administrator may assist a student in the appeal request, all appeals must be submitted in writing, by the student, within 60 days of an administrative decision by ISAC. All written appeals must be sent to:

Manager, Applicant Services
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Mail Code D3A
1755 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

A written response from ISAC will be sent to the student within 15 working days of the receipt of the written appeal.

Ineligible applicants will be notified in writing and advised of the reason for denial of a MAP grant. An administrative decision may be appealed in writing to Applicant Services to restore eligibility. This chart outlines some common situations that may be appealed and the acceptable documentation to assist the evaluation of the appeal.


Basis for Appeal

Acceptable Documentation

MAP eligibility suspended due to a defaulted loan.

Proof of satisfactory payment arrangements (i.e., six consecutive monthly payments) or paid-in-full notice.

Appeal approved by Applicant Services


MAP eligibility restricted to 2nd semester/2nd and 3rd quarters due to application being received after the priority consideration dates.

Documentation proving that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was received by the Central Processing System by the appropriate priority consideration deadline dates (August 15th for continuing applicants and September 30th for first-time applicants).

Student Aid Report (SAR) dated prior to the appropriate date

Dated output document from Central Processing System processor

Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) dated prior to appropriate date

Parents are divorced, custodial parent lives out-of-state so the SAR or ISIR reflects a non-Illinois residence and the student is not eligible for a grant.

The parent who is required to complete the FAFSA must reside in Illinois to be eligible for MAP. There is no basis for appeal.


Independent student is not eligible for a grant because the SAR or ISIR reflects a non-Illinois address and/or state of legal residence.

Documentation to prove that student was an Illinois resident for 12 continuous months prior to the start of the academic year.

Other documentation not listed in the ISAC Rules, but which provides necessary proof of Illinois residency.

Proof of in-state employment on company letterhead

Student is not eligible for a grant because eligibility exceeds the ISAC limit of units or MAP Paid Credit Hours.

MAP grant eligibility is terminated at the point a student reaches the limit of units or MAP Paid Credit Hours and may not be reinstated through appeal.



State law (Public Act 93-812) prohibits exempting moneys held in college savings bonds from calculation of financial aid eligibility. As a result, those moneys will count as assets in determining a student's eligibility for state and federal financial assistance.