Monetary Award Program
CSFA Number: 691-00-1381
Agency Name
Illinois Student Assistance Commission (691)
Agency Identification
0001
Agency Contact
Scott Taylor
217-782-0503
scott.taylor@illinois.gov
Short Description
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides grants based on financial need to help pay eligible students' tuition and mandatory fees at Illinois colleges and universities. Illinois is one of the largest providers of state need-based aid in the nation. The maximum award level is dependent on legislative action and available funding in any given year. Students apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and grants are paid directly to the qualifying institutions on the students' behalf.
Subject Area
Education
Program Function
Education
Enabling Legislation
110 ILCS 947/35 and 20(f)
Objectives and Goals
to ensure that financial considerations do not deter Illinois students from attaining a college education, thereby narrowing education achievement gaps related to income.
Types of Assistance
Direct Payments for Specific Use
Uses and Restrictions
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) provides direct grant assistance to eligible students. MAP grants are apportioned among otherwise eligible applicants on the basis of relative financial resources and available funds. Recipients must enroll at approved Illinois institutions in order to use MAP grants.
Eligibility Requirements
a) A qualified applicant shall be:
1) a citizen or eligible noncitizen;
2) a resident of Illinois;
3) maintaining satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution;
4) enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program (34 CFR 668.8) for a minimum of three credit hours, for either a semester or quarter term, throughout the institution's tuition refund/withdrawal adjustment period; and
5) enrolled at an ISAC-approved institution of higher learning.
b) MAP grant eligibility is based on the relative financial eligibility at an ISAC-approved institution of higher learning of the applicant's choice, and is reevaluated if the student's choice of institution changes.
c) Eligibility is restricted to undergraduate students.
1) MAP recipients must not have received a baccalaureate degree.
2) Graduate students are not eligible for MAP assistance. For purposes of this Part, an institution of higher learning shall classify as a "graduate student" any student who:
A) is enrolled in an academic program or course above the baccalaureate level which leads to any degree above the baccalaureate level; and
B) is not eligible to receive federal financial assistance (34 CFR 674.2, 675.2, 676.2) as an undergraduate student; and
C) has completed the equivalent of at least three years of full-time postsecondary study, either prior to entrance into the academic program or as part of the academic program itself.
Eligible Applicants
Individuals;
Application and Award Processing
a) An application for a MAP grant must be submitted annually. An applicant uses the form which the United States Department of Education (ED) designates as an application form for federal student financial aid. (See Section 483 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC 1070a).)
b) Applicants, spouses and the parents of applicants are required to submit financial information on the application that will be kept confidential, regarding income, asset value and non-taxable income.
c) Priority Consideration Dates
In order to receive priority consideration for a full year award, an application from a student who had applied for a MAP grant for the previous regular school year must have a FAFSA receipt date of no later than August 15 of, or immediately prior to, the regular school year for which the application is being made. In order to receive priority consideration for a full year award, an application from a student who had not applied for a MAP grant for the previous regular school year must have a FAFSA receipt date of no later than September 30 of the regular school year for which the application is being made.
d) Priority Processing Guidelines
1) Students who file applications will be considered for full or partial year MAP awards based on available funds and the following:
A) For applications with a FAFSA receipt date of no later than August 15 of or preceding the regular school year for which assistance is being requested, students who had not applied for a MAP award the previous regular school year and students who did apply for a MAP award the previous regular school year will both be considered for full year awards;
B) For applications with a FAFSA receipt date of August 16 or later, but no later than September 30, students who had not applied for MAP awards the previous regular school year will be considered for full year awards; while students who did apply for a MAP award the previous regular school year will be considered for second semester or second and third quarter awards only;
C) For applications with a FAFSA receipt date of October 1 or later, and until the date of final suspension of award announcements for that regular school year, all students will be considered for second semester/second and third quarter awards only.
2) During the time periods referenced above, awards will be announced concurrently, both to students who had not applied for a MAP award the previous regular school year and to students who did apply for a MAP award during the previous regular school year. Award announcements will be made concurrently through the date of suspension of award announcements.
3) If it becomes necessary to suspend the processing of award announcements in order to remain within appropriated funding levels, the suspension will be applied concurrently to students who had not applied for a MAP award for the previous regular school year and to students who did apply for a MAP award the previous regular school year.
4) Corrections to applications received prior to the final suspension of award announcements will be processed and announced up to two months after the final suspension date or until the completion of the processing cycle, whichever comes first.
e) Students eligible for second semester/second and third quarter awards who have a FAFSA receipt date of August 16 or later and who are graduating mid-year may request that their second semester/second or third quarter award be used for first semester/quarter.
f) To the extent necessary to administer the program within the limits of the MAP appropriation, the Commission may adjust the priority consideration dates and the priority processing guidelines established by this Section.
g) When an application is incomplete, a notice will be sent to the applicant. The applicant then has an opportunity to furnish the missing information; however, depending on processing schedules, the applicant may be considered only for subsequent term awards.
h) Applicants are informed that they are MAP recipients on the basis of application data supplied to ISAC. ISAC will recalculate awards for those applicants whose applications are not in basic agreement with their financial records, after receipt of corrected data. All announced MAP recipients are subject to verification.
i) The Commission shall annually establish and publicize guidelines for the release of or increase in MAP awards as additional funds become available.
j) MAP grants are applicable only toward tuition and mandatory fees. MAP grants may not exceed the:
1) maximum award specified at 110 ILCS 947/35(c); or
2) institution's tuition and mandatory fee charges on file with ISAC.
k) The maximum MAP grant available to a recipient attending a public community college is limited to the in-district tuition and mandatory fees. It is the recipient's responsibility to make arrangements to pay the additional costs incurred as an out-of-district student.
l) For each credit hour of MAP benefits paid on behalf of the recipient, the recipient will be assessed one MAP paid credit hour toward his or her maximum usage. For each credit hour used, payment will be made to the school on behalf of the recipient in an amount equal to 1/15 of the student’s calculated term award amount, with a minimum of three hours and a maximum of 15 hours paid per term.
m) A recipient may receive the equivalent of 135 semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid. Eligibility may be extended for one additional term if the recipient has accumulated fewer than 135 MAP paid credit hours but does not have enough credit hours of payment remaining for the number of hours for which he or she is enrolled for the term.
n) A recipient may use no more than 75 MAP paid credit hours while enrolled at the freshman or sophomore level. Eligibility may be extended for one additional term at the freshman or sophomore level if the recipient has accumulated fewer than 75 MAP paid credit hours, but does not have enough credit hours of payment remaining for the number of hours for which he or she is enrolled for the term. Upon progressing to the junior level or above, the recipient may use the remaining
balance of MAP paid credit hours, up to the 135 credit hour maximum.
o) The MAP grant shall not pay for academic programs intended to prepare a student for the high school equivalency certificate or for a high school diploma.
p) The MAP grant shall not pay for audit courses, credit-by-examination and/or life experience, graduate-level courses leading to a degree above the baccalaureate level, or noncredit course offerings (except qualifying remedial courses). Remedial courses shall be eligible for MAP payment provided the student has been accepted into an eligible degree/certificate program and is taking the remedial courses as part of that program. Payment shall not be made for more than the equivalent of one year of remedial course work (i.e., 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours).
q) The MAP grant may be used by students repeating previously passed courses for the first time. The MAP grant may not be used for courses that a student has previously passed two or more times.
r) If a recipient withdraws from enrollment after the expiration of the tuition refund/withdrawal adjustment period, the recipient shall receive MAP grant payment for tuition and mandatory fee costs incurred up to the term award provided the institution's tuition refund policy indicates the recipient has incurred charges in the amount of the claim.
s) MAP paid credit hours are assessed to a recipient whenever MAP funds are disbursed on behalf of the recipient.
t) MAP grant payment is subject to the limits of dollars appropriated to ISAC by the General Assembly.
u) It is the responsibility of MAP recipients to gain admission to approved Illinois institutions of higher learning. Illinois institutions of higher learning are not obligated to admit MAP recipients. The institution is obligated to provide MAP recipients the same facilities and instruction, on the same terms, as are provided to other students.
v) If a recipient's academic program involves out-of-state and/or foreign study, enrollment must be in accordance with subsection (j) and the following provisions:
1) The recipient must be enrolled at the ISAC-approved institution of higher learning, and the out-of-state/foreign study must be applicable to the student's degree or certificate program at the student's institution of record.
2) The ISAC-approved institution of higher learning must record the course credits on the official academic transcript as institutionally earned credit and not as transfer credit.
3) An institution shall not request more than two semesters/three quarters of MAP assistance for any one qualified applicant enrolled on a full-time basis, or four semesters/six quarters of MAP for an applicant-enrolled on a half-time basis
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
MAP is exempt from the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (30 ILCS 708) because grants are paid on behalf of an individual beneficiary.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $364,856,300
FY 2016 : $320,798,700
FY 2017 : $364,856,300
FY 2018 : $401,341,900
FY 2019 : $401,341,900
FY 2020 : $451,341,900
Federal Funding
None
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
None