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Monetary Award Program (MAP) 2+2
MAP 2+2 is a new program sponsored by the Illinois Student
Assistance Commission (ISAC). It is designed to increase transfer rates,
bachelor’s degree completion rates, and lower debt levels for MAP eligible
Since the dollar amounts of students’ MAP grants are smaller
for attendance at a community college, participating students are allowed to
carry forward the difference between the amount that their MAP grant would have
been at their bachelor’s degree institution of choice and their community
college MAP award. The difference in the award for each of the freshman and
sophomore years is saved by ISAC and added to the student’s MAP grant to
his/her junior and senior years at NIU.
You may qualify if you meet the following criteria:
You are a first semester freshman at one of NIU’s partner schools – College
of DuPage, Harper College, or Illinois Valley Community College and plan to
complete an Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree.
Students with less than 15 MAP paid college credits are eligible.
You intend to transfer to NIU to complete your Bachelor’s
You are eligible to receive a MAP grant based on NIU’s
cost of education. An admissions or financial aid
representative can assist you in making this determination.
Students may enter the program in either the fall or spring
semesters. As a MAP 2+2 participant, you must plan to receive your Associate degree
in two years and your Bachelor’s degree in the following two years for a total
of four years of MAP participation.
NIU and its community college partners are offering special
support programs for MAP 2+2 students including specially designed four-year
degree paths, access to tools and staff to assist students in staying on track
to an Associate and Bachelor’s degree, and programming designed to facilitate
transition to NIU.
The following academic programs are open to MAP 2+2
Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Electrical Engineering (COD and Harper)
Industrial and Systems Engineering (COD and Harper)