Types of Financial Aid


 Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant

By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) you have been considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. All MAP-approved institutions are required by the State of Illinois to announce MAP Grant awards to students who are enrolled or intending to enroll at their institution. An award amount is included on this letter if you have met the eligibility criteria.

The MAP Grant award amount is an estimate made by the financial aid office and is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)." Please be aware that the number of available MAP Grants is limited by funding levels approved by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor, and reductions to estimated or actual MAP Grants are possible.

There are also limitations to how long you can continue to receive a MAP Grant. Usage is tracked by the number of credit hours for which you’ve received MAP benefits and is referred to as MAP Paid Credit Hours (MPCHs). The maximum number of MPCHs that can be received is 135, and you must be at the junior level or above to use more than 75 MPCHs. For your reference, and to learn more about MPCH limitations, you may access a record of your MPCHs through the ISAC Student Portal at https://studentportal.isac.org/MPCH.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has created a MAP Grant Estimator for students to calculate their expected eligibility.  To use the MAP Grant Estimator visit ISAC Student PortalStudents' EFCs and, if dependent, their adjusted gross income (AGI)/earnings from the most recent tax year, as well as their cash, savings and checking account balances are required in order for the MAP Estimator to generate the amount of their estimated MAP grants at up to three approved Illinois colleges.

For additional information visit www.isac.org.