The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced that they are now going to extend the deadline for applications for 2011-12 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants through the end of business on Friday, March 25, 2011.
ISAC is extending the deadline of March 20, 2011 that was announced last Thursday, March 17.
If you plan to be enrolled next fall as an undergraduate student at Trinity Christian College or any college or university in the state of Illinois, you must complete your FAFSA by 5 p.m. CDT this Friday, March 25, to be considered for up to $4,718 in state aid. Please note that filing your FAFSA before the deadline does not guarantee that you will receive these funds. You are urged to not wait until the final hours before the new March 25 "end of business" deadline to file as this announcement affects a significant number of students in the state of Illinois.
I heard the deadline was March 20. What changed?
ISAC extended the deadline for filing over this past weekend. One of the contributing factors cited in the ISAC announcement was the fact that the FAFSA website was offline for maintenance several hours on Sunday, March 20.
Haven’t filed your 2010 taxes yet?
You can still complete the FAFSA and qualify for the MAP grant. Simply indicate “Will File” on your FAFSA and enter your 2009 tax information. You may update your information when your 2010 taxes are complete.
Is there a separate application for the Illinois MAP grant?
No. When you file the FAFSA, eligibility for the MAP grant will be evaluated without having to file a separate form.
Isn't the March 25 deadline still earlier than it has been in the past?
Yes. The March 25 suspension date is the earliest in MAP history. It is the result of an unprecedented number of early applicants.
Does this affect my Spring 2011 semester Illinois MAP grant?
No. If you have been awarded a MAP grant for the Spring 2011 semester, this is not in jeopardy. Trinity expects to receive payment for the Spring 2011 MAP funds from the state of Illinois in the summer of 2011.
Financial Aid Office
Trinity Christian College
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Palos Heights, IL 60463
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