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.
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.