JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

State Scholar Program Appeals

{ISAC Rules, Sections 2700.70 (a & 2760.30 (j}

If the high school counselor feels that a student should have been designated as a State Scholar and was not, the student, high school counselor or other official must write a letter of appeal within 60 days following the announcement of the finalists. An appeal may be submitted for an individual student or for an entire class. ISAC will calculate the Weighted Selection Score (WSS) based on appeal information and notify the high school of the results.

Entire Class:

In order for an appeal to be processed for an entire class, email the reason for the appeal and attach an Excel file using the State Scholar template to report the sixth semester data in the required format to the School Services Department. The email must also include the sixth semester class size, unweighted rank or unweighted GPA and GPA scale and the contact information (name & e-mail) of the SSP contact at the school.

Individual Students:

A letter explaining basis for the appeal for an individual student must include the following required sixth semester information. Appeals for individual students can be mailed to the address below or faxed to 847.831.8549 or by sending an email to the School Services Department.

  • Student’s name;
  • High School’s six-digit ACT code, name, and address;
  • Dates and test scores of SAT or ACT; and
  • Class size
  • GPA scale (4.0, 5.0 or other). The GPA scale reported and the calculated unweighted GPA must be consistently applied for all students reported.
  • Unweighted class rank (if the school ranks) or the unweighted GPA (if the school does not rank).

Manager of Applicant Services
Program Services and Compliance Division
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
1755 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015-5209