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2017-18 MAP Payment

{ISAC Rules, Sections 2735.30 and 2735.40}

2017-18 Payment Processing
Additional Reminders for 2017-18 Payment Processing
Payment Proration Methodology
Calculating a Term Award
Payment Offset and Reconciliation

MAP grants are paid directly to the approved institution of record which certified the applicant's eligibility. Schools may begin requesting payments for MAP 10 days before the beginning of the semester. Payment of grant benefits is requested by the school through ISAC and sent by the State Comptroller directly to the institution. Schools receive award announcements via the MAP system on all SAR transactions, which assume full-time enrollment. When students enroll less than full time, payment adjustments are based on the most recently announced award.

2017-18 Payment Processing

Colleges can request MAP payment utilizing the file extraction feature of the MAP system in the GAP Access portal or by sending payment requests via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Payment Reports can then be generated from the Reports screen in the MAP system. If a college previously submitted a 2017-18 payment request file, that file must be resubmitted because payment request submitted prior to the availability of GAP Access were not held in a queue as was done in the past.

New in 2017-18 - The MAP Payment Detail screen of the 2017-18 MAP system includes a new NSLDS® Default Release override, which allows schools to request MAP payment and certify/confirm that students are eligible despite a NSLDS® default status. This functionality, which applies exclusively to NSLDS default status (not ISAC Default), is available only via the Payment Detail screen of the MAP system – schools are not able to override the NSLDS default status through any other means of payment request.

A listing of students included with any Payment Voucher(s) can be viewed and/or and printed by accessing the Payment Results/Summary Invoice Detail in the Reports section of MAP. The MAP Payment Results and Reject Codes document (PDF format) can be a handy reference to explain payment results. The Payment Results/Exceptions report should be reviewed the day after submitting payment requests to see which requests, if any, did not process as expected.

Additional Reminders for 2017-18 MAP Payment Processing

    • Verify that the GAP Access Administrator at your college has established the appropriate MAP system access level for all impacted staff. Instructions for establishing access to the MAP system may be found on the GAP Access page.
    • Refer to the MAP Electronic Processing page for details about accessing the MAP system. To access the payment function of the MAP system via GAP Access, select the "Payment" tab that appears at the top of the MAP system screen.
    • ISAC has released additional MAP grants from suspense status, impacting eligible students whose FAFSA® receipt dates were January 16, 2017 through (and including) February 14, 2017. These records are eligible for a full-year MAP award and, in order to be considered timely, initial first- and second-term claims for these records must be submitted to ISAC by March 9. All MAP grants for eligible students with initial FAFSA receipt dates on or after February 15, 2017 remain in a suspense status, and are not eligible for payment.
    • As of December 19, 2017 second-term payment requests (claims) can be submitted via the GAP Access portal and by File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
    • The payment process is unchanged; colleges will continue to receive MAP funds directly from the State Comptroller's Office.
    • Refer to the 2017-18 MAP Payment Claim Deadlines will be updated when approved dates for future terms are available.
    • Colleges submitting payment requests via FTP may do so using the secure website located at As a result, encryption (password protection) of files is no longer necessary.

Payment Proration Methodology

Payment proration methodology is based on credit hours rather than the previous definition of the student's enrollment status (full-time, half-time, less than half-time). 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.

Calculating a Term Award

Calculating the First Term Award - Semester Schools
Calculating the First Term Award - Quarter Schools

Payment Offset and Reconciliation

Information about the MAP payment offset process and reconciliation is located in the Refunds and Unpaid Claims section in the Processes area.