JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

State Scholar Program Appeals

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

After a months-long delay because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ISAC announced 2021-22 State Scholars on April 12, 2021.

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. The deadline date for appeals regarding 2021-22 State Scholar announcements is Friday, June 11, 2021.

An appeal may be submitted for an entire class or an individual student. 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, send an e-mail to the School Services Department, including the reason for the appeal and attaching an Excel file (using the State Scholar template) to report the sixth semester data in the required format. The e-mail must also include the sixth semester class size, unweighted rank or unweighted GPA and GPA scale and the contact information (name & e-mail address) of the SSP contact at the school.

Individual Students:

A letter explaining the 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, faxed to 847.831.8549, or submitted via an e-mail 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;
  • Class size;
  • GPA scale (4.0, 5.0 or other)*; and
  • Unweighted class rank (if the school ranks) or the unweighted GPA (if the school does not rank).*

*The GPA scale and the calculated unweighted GPA must be consistently applied for all students reported.

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