JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Suspense: 2021-22 MAP Grants

Questions about how MAP is distributed and about Suspense? Watch our short video to learn the basics.

Based on data analysis as of March 2022, ISAC is releasing from suspense status the 2021-22 Monetary Award Program (MAP) award announcements for students with initial 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or, if eligible, Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid receipt dates from February 1, 2022 forward.

MAP awards are made on a first come, first-served basis for eligible students, and available funding can run out quickly for the program. If you are eligible for MAP but your application is received on or after the current suspense date (when applicable), you might still have an opportunity to receive a MAP grant, and you would be notified later if funds become available.

For quick reference, see the chart, below:


Type of Applicant Initial FAFSA® or Alternative Application Receipt Date Award Announcement Suspended
Standard October 1, 2020 through
August 26, 2021
Full Year No
August 27, 2021 through
January 31, 2022
Full Year No (Released)
February 1, 2022 through
the current date
Full Year No (Released)

The following information is applicable for periods when MAP award announcements are being suspended:

If you have not yet filled out a FAFSA (or, if applicable, an Alternative Application), we encourage you to do so. The FAFSA determines eligibility for financial aid other than MAP for which you might be eligible, such as federal Pell grants and institutional aid. Also, if MAP funds do become available later, the only way you can be considered for MAP is to have filed a FAFSA or Alternative Application.

If my application is received on or after the suspense date, is there any possibility I can still get a MAP grant?

If your application is received on or after the suspense date, it is still possible that you could receive a MAP grant, but you should not count on it. Every year there are students who do not use their MAP awards, and those who are eligible for MAP and whose applications are received after but very close to the “suspense date” may have an opportunity to get those awards.

Why don’t students get more notice of the suspense date?

Because we need to start processing MAP application information long before we know how much funding we will receive, we use information from the previous year to determine when to suspend announcements of MAP awards. We regularly monitor, analyze and forecast application volume in order to get as close as possible to a point where we are announcing as many awards as possible without exceeding expected available funding. As a result, we are not able to announce the actual suspense date many days ahead, but we announce as soon as we are able to make that determination. ISAC however, regularly communicates with our college and high school partners and urges them to encourage their students to file their applications as soon as possible. We have also shared that message with students and parents we work with directly through our own outreach, as well as through opinion pieces submitted to news outlets around the state.

For more information on the Illinois Monetary Award Program, see the MAP area of the Students & Parents section of our website.