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ISAC Statement

Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant guidance provided by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission

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. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on this award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)". MAP grants are limited based on the number of applicants and funding levels appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Please be aware that in light of state funding constraints, reductions to estimated or actual MAP grants are possible.

Eligibility for a MAP grant is tracked by the equivalent number of semester credit hours of MAP benefits paid on your behalf. This is called MAP Paid Credit Hours. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

There is a limit on the number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be paid while you are classified by your school as a freshman and sophomore. This limit is the equivalent of 75 MAP Paid Credit Hours. If this maximum is reached, you must attain junior status for your MAP grant eligibility to resume. The maximum number of MAP Paid Credit Hours that can be received is capped at 135.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at Monmouth College.

Additional Guidance provided by Monmouth College

The Illinois MAP Grant is paid to students based on the number of credit hours a student is registered for in a particular semester. Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, Monmouth College converted to a 4-4 academic calendar. Under the new academic system, students will typically register for 4 courses credits per semester. Monmouth College course credits will have to be converted into credit hours for the purpose of collecting Illinois MAP Grant payments.

Below are sample conversions:

  • 3 course credits is equivalent to12 credit hrs. and would collect 12/15th of the full MAP award
  • 3.25 course credits is equivalent to 13 credit hrs. and would collect 13/15th of the full MAP award
  • 3.5 course credits is equivalent to 14 credit hrs. and would collect 11/15th of the full MAP award
  • 3.75 course credits is equivalent to 15 credit hrs. and would collect the full MAP award
  • 4 course credits or greater would collect the full MAP award
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