ISAC Award Letter Language 2020-2021
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 through the ISAC
Student Portal at https://studentportal.isac.org/MPCH.