JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

State Scholar Program

Program News

(Last updated August 3, 2022)

GAP Access Two-Factor Authentication
2023-24 State Scholar Processing
College Entrance Exams for 2024-25 State Scholars

GAP Access Two-Factor Authentication

A two-factor authentication process was implemented to improve security for accessing the Gift Assistance Programs on the GAP Access portal. The process requires the use of a one-time verification code, obtained through an application, in conjunction with a user ID and password, when logging in to the portal.

Two-factor authentication is required for both School User and Administrator accounts every time a user logs in. If the setup process has not yet been completed by the high school, refer to the GAP Access Two-Factor Authentication User Guide for instructions.


State Scholar Processing

July 14 e-Message announces that processing for the State Scholar Program (SSP) – for Illinois students who will be college freshmen during the 2023-24 academic year – has begun, and high schools are encouraged to submit their sixth semester data as soon as they are able to do so. Specific details regarding the submission of sixth semester data are provided in the e-Message, and also may be accessed via the Methods to Submit Sixth Semester Data area of the Required Sixth Semester Data page.

The early announcement option continues to be offered this processing cycle. After an announcement schedule has been determined, early announcements – which allow eligible students to be designated as State Scholars prior to the final round of announcements for the academic year – will begin later this year. A follow-up e-Message will be sent to high schools once the first round of early announcements has been scheduled (anticipated for early- to mid-September).


College Entrance Exams

Eligibility for the State Scholar Program is based, in part, on a student's highest qualifying ACT or SAT score. High school juniors who are potential candidates will need to take one of the accepted exams during the specified timeframe to be considered for State Scholar designation, even though Illinois' public institutions are now prohibited from requiring the submission of student test scores as part of the admissions process.

For current high school juniors, only exams taken between August 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 qualify for consideration in the State Scholar announcements that will be made during their senior year (i.e., high school juniors, who will be college freshmen during the 2024-25 academic year, will be named Scholars during the fall of 2023).