Suspension of MAP Award Announcements
Each year, ISAC continues to announce MAP awards until projections indicate that the dollars appropriated will be exhausted by the number of awards already announced for the year. Applications received after this point are placed in award announcement suspension. If it becomes necessary to suspend award announcements in order to remain within appropriated funding levels, such action is applied concurrently to all students.
The status of suspended awards is evaluated as more information becomes available throughout the year and, if application volume and claim rates support such action, some suspended awards may be released. Any suspended awards that might be released in the future would remain subject to the MAP priority considerations dates of the academic year that awards are suspended.
ISAC has suspended the announcement of 2023-24 MAP award announcements for all students whose initial 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS), or whose initial Alternative Application for Illinois Financial is received by ISAC, on or after September 23, 2023. The suspension of MAP award announcements is reflected on the appropriate screens and reports of the MAP system, as well as in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.
- MAP records in suspense status are indicated by a MAP Suspend Code of "S" (S = New application received after the suspense date will not be considered for an award this year) in the MAP system and in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.
- Colleges must suspend announcements of MAP awards to applicants whose initial 2023-24 application (FAFSA or Alternative Application) receipt date is on or after September 23, 2023.
- ISAC is not notifying affected applicants that their awards have been placed in suspense status.
- Colleges are advised to follow their own policies and procedures regarding communicating announcement information to students with suspended awards.
- The 2023-24 MAP Applicant Award Announcement Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application (FAFSA or Alternative Application) receipt date.
The MAP system contains filters that will allow colleges to identify student records and create a custom report of those records placed in suspension status. Refer to the Identifying MAP Records in Suspension section below for information on how to identify.
Schools may want to identify student records placed into suspension for a variety of reasons (i.e., file review, packaging, etc.). MAP records in suspension status will be indicated by a code of "S" in the “MAP Suspend” field in the MAP system, reports and in the Eligibility Status File (ESF). New applications received after the suspense date will not be considered for an award.
The MAP system contains filters that allow colleges to identify student records and create a report. Refer to the instructions to run a report of suspended student records.
Financial Aid Office or Business Office staff will want to be able to identify student records that have been released from suspension. There's no indicator in the system that identifies which student records were released; the suspense flag ("S") is simply removed. When records are released from suspense, ISAC will create an Eligibility Status File (ESF) update that will remove the "S" from the "MAP Suspend" field on MAP system screens and from the ESF Extraction Suspense Flag (position 94). Schools may then use their standard procedure to request payment for eligible students.
Below are two different options, or filters, to use in creating a report to identify student records released from suspension.
- Prior to the release of suspended records, create a report of Suspended Student Records Using the Suspense Flag. This report can be used later to determine which released student records may be eligible for MAP payment. Colleges are notified via ISAC's e-Messaging service when the release of suspended MAP records will take place.
- After the release of suspended records, colleges should use the initial "Application Receipt Date" filter in the system to create a listing of student records using a date range of released records.
The 'Application Receipt Date' filter is not restricted to use with suspension, it may be used for any type of student listing using a date range. This filter is also available on the Student List Payment screen.