Illinois Student Assistance Commission

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is urging minority students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teaching program to apply for available scholarship money.

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If you have a student who might be eligible for a MAP grant next year, you’re about out of time to get your financial aid application in. 

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission — the state agency that administers the Monetary Award Program — has announced that the deadline for applications for MAP will be Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

Colleges and universities are again deciding whether to front grant money to low-income students who are supposed to be receiving state aid as Illinois' budget remains uncertain.
 
A survey recently released by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission suggests some schools that covered grants in the fall aren't guaranteeing to this spring. The commission administers the grants through the Monetary Award Program.
 

Illinois hasn't set aside any money to pay for the MAP grants that help poor students go to college. Students should still hurry to fill out financial aid forms.  

 

The FAFSA sounds like a mouthful. Lynne Baker with the Illinois' Student Assistance Commission says, It's actually, "The Free Application For Federal Student Aid."

 

It’s a federal form, but one students need to submit in order to qualify for state programs too, like the Monetary Award Program.

 

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has warned that continued uncertainty over state funding for tuition-assistance grants could jeopardize the academic success of thousands of low-income students.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law last week a stopgap budget to keep state government operating for six months. The budget provides $151 million to cover grants made to students this spring through the Monetary Award Program. It does not provide funding for grants for the upcoming school year.

A survey of Illinois colleges shows nearly half of those responding say they won't front income-based state grants for students this spring.

A bipartisan deal to cut $300 million in spending in Illinois is set to affect college students, as well as Chicago residents with sickle cell anemia.