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ISAC Statement

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

By applying for financial assistance using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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 your Financial Assistance Award Letter. This award may be an estimate made by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and, if so, is identified as an “(Estimated) IL MAP Grant.” 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.

The Illinois MAP Grant is paid 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 will be converting to a 4-4 academic calendar. Under the new academic system, students will typically register for 4 courses per semester. Monmouth College courses will have to be converted into Credit Hours for the purpose of 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

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 in total is capped at 135.

If the (Estimated) IL MAP Grant is not included in your Financial Assistance Award Letter, you are not eligible for the grant at this time at Monmouth College.

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