This is a grant for undergraduate Illinois residents who demonstrate financial need as determined by the information supplied on the FAFSA. Because MAP funding is historically insufficient to meet the demand, a suspension date is typically implemented a few months after the FAFSA application has been made available on October 1st. Students are encourage to complete the FAFSA application as close to the October 1st date as possible in order to be considered for eligibility.
The State of Illinois MAP Grant is based on enrollment in 15
semester credit hours. This means that
you will get 100% of your MAP Grant if you are enrolled in 15 hours. If you enroll in less than 15 hours, your MAP
Grant will be prorated based on the number of hours for which you are
enrolled. For example:
semester MAP Grant: $2000
of semester hours: 10
MAP Grant award: 10/15 X $2000 =
More information on the MAP grant program and updates can be found on the Illinois Student Assistance Commission’s website.
Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act and Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid
The Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible undocumented students and transgender students who are disqualified from federal financial aid to apply for all forms of state financial aid. The Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid provides pathways for these qualified students to apply for Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants, the state's largest need-based grant programs for low-income college students.