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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. Students are highly encouraged to file the FAFSA annually by UIC's priority deadline of February 15. MAP awards range from $300 to $4,968 for the full academic year. Based upon current funding, the maximum amount of MAP funding a student can receive is $4,720.

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. If you were determined to meet the eligibility criteria for the MAP grant, an award is included on your award letter. This award may be an estimate made by the financial aid office and, if so, is identified as "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)" on the award letter. 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. MAP disbursement is based on the number of credit hours enrolled, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 MAP Paid Credit Hours.

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.

If a State of IL MAP Grant (Est) is not included in your award letter, you are not eligible for the grant at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The following chart details MAP eligibility by term based on credit hours enrolled at the end of the add/drop period for the fall and spring terms.

HoursApproximate Percentage of MAP

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