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 in your
financial aid package 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
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, which is equivalent to approximately four and a half years of full-time enrollment.
For your reference, and to learn more about MPCH limitations, you may
access a record of your MPCHs, as well as other student resources, through the ISAC
Student Portal at studentportal.isac.org.
Eligibility for the need-based MAP Grant award may be an indicator that you are eligible
for state or federal benefits to assist you with cost of living expenses such as food or
housing. For information about programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance