State Scholar Program
(Last updated July 14, 2021)
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.
A July 14 e-Message announces that processing for the State Scholar Program (SSP) – for Illinois students who will be college freshmen during the 2022-23 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.
Following a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the early announcement option is again being 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 September).