Monetary Award Program (MAP)
The Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant is funded by the State of Illinois and administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC). In order to be eligible, students (and parents, if dependent) must be Illinois residents, be undergraduate, have completed the FAFSA before ISAC's deadline, and meet ISAC’s financial eligibility criteria (generally, having an EFC less than $9,000). Students are highly encouraged to file the FAFSA annually by UIC's priority deadline of March 1. MAP awards range from $300 to $4,968 for the full academic year. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the maximum amount of MAP funding a student can receive is $4720.
By applying for financial aid and agreeing to share that information with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) students are considered for the State of Illinois (IL) Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant. If a student is determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on the award letter. This award may be an estimate and if so, it is identified as a “State of IL MAP Grant (Est)”. If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at UIC. 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. The following chart details MAP eligibility by term based on credit hours enrolled as of the end of the add/drop period for the fall and spring terms.
|Hours||Approximate Percentage of MAP|
UIC recognizes that first time freshmen often face unique challenges during their initial year and consequently enroll for fewer than 15 credit hours. To assist first time freshmen UIC provides a one year only supplemental grant to those who are in enrolled in 12 to 14 credit hours. This one-year award will cover the reduction of the MAP.
Important: 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.
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