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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. 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 on this letter 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 possible.

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, and you must be at the junior level or above to use more than 75 MPCHs. 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.

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 course 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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