JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Suspension of MAP Award Announcements

Second Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
Release of 2021-22 Suspended Award Announcements
Initial Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements
Identifying MAP Records in Suspension
Identifying MAP Records Released from Suspension

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.

Second Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements

As announced in a January 13 e-Message, and based on the latest analysis of application and claim data, ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2021-22 MAP grants for applicants 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 (Alternative Application) is received by ISAC, on or after Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Once determined, this page will be updated to announce when the February 1, 2022 suspense date is reflected in the MAP system.

Operational Information:

  • 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 2021-22 application (FAFSA or Alternative Application) receipt date is on or after Tuesday, February 1, 2022.
    • ISAC is not notifying affected applicants that their awards have been placed in suspense status.
    • Colleges are advised to communicate announcement information to students with suspended awards as prescribed in school policy and procedure.
  • The 2021-22 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 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 further details.

Release of 2021-22 Suspended Award Announcements

As announced in a December 20 e-Message, ISAC released from suspense status the 2021-22 MAP award announcements for students with initial CPS FAFSA receipt dates, or initial ISAC Alternative Application receipt dates, from August 27, 2021 forward. These released records were made available to view in the MAP system starting on December 22, 2021. The date through which suspended awards are being released was announced in January 2022.

See below for information on how to identify records in a suspension status or released from suspension in the MAP system. The 2021-22 MAP Applicant Award Status Chart provides an overview of categories for students based on the initial application (FAFSA or Alternative Application) receipt date.

Initial Suspension of 2021-22 Award Announcements

ISAC first suspended the announcement of 2021-22 MAP award announcements for all students whose initial 2021-22 FAFSA was received by CPS, or whose initial Alternative Application was received by ISAC, on or after August 27, 2021. Effective August 30, 2021 the initial suspension of MAP award announcements was reflected on the appropriate screens and reports of the MAP system, as well as in the MAP Eligibility File Extraction.

Identifying MAP Records in Suspension

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 on the MAP system via the GAP Access portal, 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 via GAP Access 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.

Identifying MAP Records Released from Suspension

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.

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.