JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Tracking MAP Usage - MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCH)

{ISAC Rules, Section 2735.30}

MPCH Processing
Removal of 75-Hour MAP Paid Credit Hours Limit
Adjustments to MPCH

MPCH Processing

Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on a student’s behalf.  This is called MAP paid credit hours.  If a student is attending a quarter school, the quarter credit hours will be converted to semester MAP paid credit hours.

A recipient may receive the equivalent of 135 semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid which will allow most students to have sufficient MAP coverage to complete a baccalaureate degree. The 135 credit hour model converts to approximately 4½ years of full-time study and will help the student who needs to enroll beyond four years (i.e., five-year programs, remedial education, late withdrawal, loss of hours due to transfer, etc.). Eligibility may be extended for one additional term if the recipient has accumulated fewer than 135 MAP paid credit hours but does not have enough credit hours of payment remaining for the number of hours for which he/she is enrolled for the term.

A report exists in the MAP system to assist schools in identifying students that have reached, or are near, the program maximum of 135 MAP paid credit hours.

One of the following payment results codes and messages will appear on the MAP Payment Results report and the MAP Payment Exceptions Report for students who have reached, or are near, the program maximum of 135 MAP paid credit hours.

  • T – With this payment, student attains 135 MAP Paid Credit Hours. Student will no longer be eligible for MAP payment.
  • F – Full MAP paid credit hours already used.

For each credit hour of MAP benefits paid on behalf of the recipient, the recipient will be assessed one MAP Paid Credit Hour toward his or her maximum usage. Payment will be made according to the number of credit hours enrolled by applying a fraction, according to the student's credit hours claimed with a maximum of 15 and a minimum of 3, to each student's calculated term award amount.

Once payment processing ends for an academic year, adjustments to the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that have been assessed will not be made for individuals who originally had their expenses (e.g., tuition and fees) covered using those benefits (i.e., you cannot choose to "pay back" the dollar amount of benefits used in order to reinstate MAP Paid Credit Hours).

Removal of 75-Hour MAP Paid Credit Hours Limit

As a result of the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act, the cap of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours for freshman and sophomore students was eliminated effective January 1, 2020, and – starting with the spring 2020 term – all corresponding edits have been removed from the MAP system (edits for the fall 2019 and earlier terms will continue to display).

  • Because removal of the limit took effect in the middle of the 2019-20 academic year, some students who were not MAP-eligible in the fall 2019 term now may be eligible for spring-term awards.
  • A list of potentially impacted students can be obtained by creating a report within the MAP system by:
    • using the "Reports" tab and clicking on "Create a New Report",
    • selecting "MAP Paid Credit Hours" from the list of report types, and
    • entering a range of the number of MAP paid credit hours.
  • Student records previously designated as ineligible [V code (reached 75 MAP paid credit hours)] within the MAP system should be reviewed and, if applicable, submitted for spring-term payment.

The maximum 135 MPCH requirement remains in effect.

Adjustments to MPCH

Adjustments to MPCH can now be made through the MAP system for students whose spring 2020 enrollment status was impacted by COVID-19. For further guidance, refer to the June 17 e-Message, the MAP Paid Credit Hours Adjustments Due to COVID-19 page and the Guidance for MPCH adjustments document.