Upcoming Important Dates from ISAC
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) would like to make you aware of the following information, which may be of interest to students and their families.
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General Information (Not Specific to One Academic Year)
2020-21 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021)
2021-22 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022)
Although we are working differently during this time, we want students and their families to know that ISAC continues to be here to answer your questions and to support all Illinoisans with college planning and financial aid. Find important resources and the latest updates at the College-Going and Financial Aid Resources and Services During the Coronavirus Outbreak page of our website.
Student Job Board Provides Leads for Summer Employment/Internships
Students seeking summer jobs or internships should be encouraged to check out the Student Job Board, which may be accessed via the Toolbox area of the ISAC Student Portal. A variety of job types from all areas of the state are listed and are updated on a regular basis.
ISAC staff will be unavailable for these holidays:
- Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
- Friday, July 3 – Independence Day
Staff will again be available the first business day immediately following each holiday.
Access ISAC's website anytime, or send an e-mail message to the ISAC Call Center. With the exception of days when ISAC staff members are unavailable, we will review and respond to messages during regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CT.
FAFSA® Still Available
The 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is still available online, and – if not already done – should be completed and submitted as soon as possible by students who will be attending college between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for several forms of federal, state and institutional financial assistance, including the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP).
Check out the Students & Parents – Before College area for information regarding resources that are available to help your student complete the financial aid process, including the Financial Aid: Completing the FAFSA page (located in the Financial Aid Planning section). You will also find information on the ISACorps, ISAC's group of recent college graduates who are trained to serve as near peer mentors to high school students. In addition, access is provided to a listing of several events that are being offered for college-bound students and their families. Typically, these opportunities would include in-person college planning and financial aid presentations but, during the COVID-19 pandemic, focus on weekly Facebook Live Events. Plan to participate in the event that best fits your family's schedule.
Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid Available
Undocumented and transgender students meeting the criteria of the Retention of Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act may file the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid – which is patterned after the FAFSA – to apply for the MAP grant. Further details, including access to the application, are provided at the RISE Act page.
COVID-19 Impact on Designation of State Scholars
ISAC is aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the postponement or cancellation of many spring 2020 college entrance exams (i.e., SAT and ACT ), the results of which would normally be used when selecting 2021-22 State Scholars. The State Scholar Program page of our website will be updated if further information becomes available, based on the status of the college entrance exams.
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