Monetary Award Program (MAP)

The State of Illinois funds the MAP Grant, which ranges in awards of $300 to $5340 for the full academic year. Eligible students (and parents, if dependent) must be Illinois residents, undergraduates, complete the FAFSA or Illinois RISE Act application before the state’s deadline and meet financial eligibility criteria. Students are encouraged to file the FAFSA of December 1 or the RISE Act application (available starting January 1, 2020).

MAP will be included on the financial aid notifications of students who meet the eligibility requirements.

MAP funding is limited and levels are appropriated by the Illinois General Assembly. Reductions to MAP Grants are possible due to state funding constraints. UIC will not cover shortfalls due to reduced MAP Grant funding.

MAP disbursement is based on credit enrollment, with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 15 paid hours per term. The maximum number of MAP paid hours is 135.

2020-21 MAP UPDATE: ISAC is suspending the announcement of 2020-21 Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants for applicants whose initial 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is received by the Central Processing System (CPS), or whose initial Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid is received by ISAC, on or after Sunday, August 23, 2020.

The chart below details MAP eligibility by term based on enrolled credit hours.

Hours Enrolled Approximate Percentage of MAP
15+ 100%
14 93%
13 86%
12 80%
11 73%
10 66%
9 60%
8 53%
7 46%
6 40%
5 33%
4 26%
3 20%
2 0%