JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

2021-22 MAP Payment

{ISAC Rules, Sections 2735.30 and 2735.40}

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 ten 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 Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) transactions, which assume full-time enrollment. When students enroll less than full time, payment adjustments are based on the most recently announced award.

2021-22 Payment Processing

Effective August 18, 2021, colleges can request MAP payment utilizing the file extraction feature of the MAP system or by sending payment requests via File Transfer Protocol (FTP). Payment Reports can then be generated from the Reports screen in the MAP system. Any 2021-22 payment requests that were submitted via FTP prior to August 18, 2021, must be resubmitted by the college. In order to prevent having to resubmit data in the future, never submit payment requests via FTP until after ISAC announces it is accepting the data for that academic year.

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 the MAP system. 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.


  • When preparing 2021-22 payment requests, remember that:
    • ISAC is releasing from suspense status the announcement of MAP grants 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 Aid is received by ISAC, from February 1, 2022 forward, and
    • second- and third-term maximum award amounts have increased.
  • 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, select the "Payment" tab that appears at the top of the MAP system screen.
  • Be sure to review the Payment Results/Exceptions report in the Reports section of the MAP system the day after submitting payment requests to see which requests, if any, did not process as expected.
  • Refer to the 2021-22 MAP Payment Claim Deadlines page for payment request deadline dates for all terms.
  • The payment process is unchanged from prior years, and colleges will continue to receive MAP funds directly from the State Comptroller's Office.
  • Colleges submitting payment requests via FTP are reminded that a GAP Access user ID and password are required to access ISAC's Secure File Transfer System (located at https://transfer.isac.org/). As a result, encryption (password protection) of files is not necessary. Additional information and instructions are provided in the FTP Process Using GAP Access Credentials Guide.
  • The MAP system provides the option of generating a "MAP Payment Request Submitted Without Results" report that should be created and retained for every payment request submission. If a subsequent request is submitted for a record that is already being held in queue, the held record will display a result code of "4 – Request superseded by another request." When payment processing begins, the last record received will be the record processed. This report can be used when completing reconciliation after the payment process has begun. Specific instructions for generating MAP payment reports may be found starting on page 17 of the "Payment" chapter of the MAP User Guide.

Payment Proration Methodology

Payment proration methodology is based on credit hours. 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

Second- and Third-term* Award Amounts

As explained in e-Messages dated April 6 and April 11, a mid-year recompute has increased the amount of 2021-22 MAP second- and third-term award amounts.

First-term Award Amounts

The information in the following documents is provided for explanatory purposes only, and describes the formulas initially used by ISAC to calculate 2021-22 term award amounts at semester and quarter colleges. 2021-22 awards for the first term continue to use these formulas.

Calculating a Term Award – Semester Schools
Calculating a Term Award – Quarter Schools

* "Third term" is defined as the third quarter or – for institutions where the second semester begins after February 15th – the second semester.

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.