MAP Grant Deadline: February 27

This post is for all of you Illinois residents out there, and it’s an important one.

We’ve just been notified by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission that in order for you to be considered for the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant, they must receive your 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by this coming Tuesday, February 27. This means that if you haven’t turned in your FAFSA yet, now is definitely the time to do so!

Remember that the FAFSA allows students to receive various forms of need-based financial aid, including loans, work-study, and grants. Grants do not have to be paid back and are extremely helpful to students who demonstrate financial need. The MAP grant is for Illinois residents only and can provide up to $4,869 per year.

So again, if you’re an Illinois resident, I strongly encourage you to complete and submit your FAFSA application by Tuesday so that you may be considered for as many financial awards as possible! Our school code is 001775.

If you have questions regarding the MAP grant or your FAFSA, you can contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 217-333-0100.



Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
I'm here to help high school students and their families navigate the college search process. An Illinois alumnus (LAS ’02), I had the honor to play football for the Orange and Blue.


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  • Hi Brian,
    Is 2018-2019 FAFSA the one available to be filed starting Oct. 1, 2017 using 2016 tax returns? Or, is this the one using our 2017 tax returns?
    Thank you.

  • Hi Leonora,

    This is the one that you can use your 2016 tax returns. If you have your 2017 tax returns, you can use those.

    Let me know if you have any more questions.