MAP Program Overview
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grant assistance to eligible students demonstrating financial need. MAP grants are applied toward tuition and mandatory fees for undergraduate students, not to exceed the maximum award amount for the academic year.
Approved Illinois public and private two- and four-year colleges, universities, hospital schools, and certain other degree-granting institutions participate in the MAP grant programs.
To determine financial need, an applicant completes and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 1 preceding the academic year for which they are applying. Beginning January 6, 2020, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid and do not file the FAFSA, may apply for MAP using the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. More information is available at the RISE Act page of this website. Funding for the MAP grant is limited; to ensure full-year consideration for an award, an applicant must apply early. Returning MAP recipients who submit their FAFSAs or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid by that academic year’s priority deadline date (set by ISAC annually) will receive priority access to appropriated MAP funds.