Grant Program

Report
ILASFAA:
2014
ISAC Programs Update
Session Agenda
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ISAC Gift Assistance Programs
• E-Business
• News & Reminders
• Resources & Training
• Q & A
ISAC’s Gift Assistance Programs
Program
Acronym
Type of Aid
2014-15
Annual Amount
Monetary Award Program
MAP
Grant
Need-based
up to $4720
Illinois Veteran Grant
IVG
Grant
Entitlement
Tuition & mandatory fees
Illinois National Guard Grant
ING
Grant
Entitlement
Tuition & certain fees
Grants for Dependents of Police, PFC
Fire & Correctional Officers
Grant
Tuition & mandatory fees
Minority Teachers of Illinois
Scholarship Program
MTI
Scholarship
Up to $5,000
Golden Apple Scholars Program
GAS
Scholarship
Up to $5,000
Illinois Special Education
Teacher Tuition Waiver
SETTW
Waiver
Tuition & mandatory fees
IL State Scholars Program
ISSP
Certificate of $0
Achievement
2014-15 (FY15) Appropriations
ISAC Program
FY15 Appropriation
MAP
$373,254,500
GAS
$6,647,600
MTI
$2,500,000
PFC
$1,050,000
Illinois Teacher Loan Repayment Program
$500,000
Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program
$300,000
Higher Education License Plate (HELP) Program
$110,000
Optometric Education Scholarship Program
$50,000
John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program
$38,030
Veterans’ Home Nurse Loan Repayment Program
$30,000
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Monetary Award Program
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2014-15 maximum annual award is
$4,720
Suspense date is February 28, 2014
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Initial FAFSAs received by CPS on or after
this date are in suspended status for
2014-15 MAP
Monetary Award Program
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Priority claim deadlines for 2014-15 MAP payment
processing are:
Term
Deadline Date
1st semester / quarter
December 12, 2014
2nd semester / quarter
April 1, 2015
3rd quarter / 2nd semester
where the second semester
begins after February 15th
June 1, 2015
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Initial claims must be submitted to ISAC via the
GAP Access portal or File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
no later than 7 p.m. (CT) on the deadline date to
be considered timely
Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program
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Packaging reminders
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A veteran cannot decline IVG to use MAP
If a veteran is using IVG with VA Post-9/11 GI
Bill benefits, the IVG benefits must be applied
first
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A veteran can choose to not use their IVG benefits
and use only the federal Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit
Illinois Veteran Grant (IVG) Program
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Claim processing is done via My Zone or FTP
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Fall term processing began on September 16 and claims are
due on or before January 15, 2015
Spring term processing begins January 16, 2015 and claims
are due on or before May 25, 2015
Claim results are provided in My Zone
Even though there is no appropriation to reimburse
schools, claims must be submitted to track veterans’
usage of IVG benefits
Illinois National Guard
(ING) Grant Program
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Students must apply annually by application deadline dates:
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October 1– full year
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March 1 – 2nd semester, 2nd and/or 3rd quarter
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June 15 – summer term only
Packaging reminders
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A student cannot decline the ING Grant to use MAP
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If a student is using the ING Grant with VA Post-9/11 GI Bill
benefits, the ING Grant benefits must be applied first
• A student can choose to not use their ING
Grant benefits and use only the federal Post9/11 GI Bill benefit
Illinois National Guard
(ING) Grant
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A “10 Year Eligibility” field has been added to the ING Grant
announcement roster, accessible in My Zone
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A “Y” will display if the applicant has completed 10 or more years
of active duty ING service.
The column will be blank if the applicant completed less than 10
years of active duty ING service
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Applicants with 10 years or more of active duty
ING service may receive the equivalent of six years
of full-time enrollment (180 eligibility units)
Recipients who have completed less than 10 years
of active duty ING service may receive up to four
years of full-time enrollment (120 units)
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Illinois National Guard
(ING) Grant Program
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Claim processing is done via My Zone
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Payment rosters are due 30 days after generated by ISAC
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Due date is noted on the roster
Supplemental rosters are due 45 days after initial roster date
Fall 2014 payment rosters were made available in My Zone
on October 15 and claims are due by November 13
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Even though there is no appropriation, claims must be
submitted to track Guard members’ usage of ING benefits
Teacher Education Scholarship
Programs (TESP)
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Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship and
Golden Apple Scholars (GAS) are administered
through My Zone
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Several rounds of awarding have taken place for both
programs
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The most recent round of awarding was on September 9
Use the sort functionality to identify students who have been
recently found eligible for an award, or access the systemgenerated report that provides a list of eligible students by
status date
Teacher Education Scholarship
Programs (TESP)
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2014-15 application is still available at isac.org
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Encourage students to complete the MTI online application as long
as it remains available at isac.org
2014-15 MTI awarding will continue as long as funds are
available or until the 2015-16 MTI application becomes
available in December 2014
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Once an application has been submitted to ISAC, certification
must be completed by the school in My Zone
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Continue completing and submitting Initial Certifications to ensure
that any new applicants will be included in future rounds of
awarding
Teacher Education Scholarship
Programs (TESP)
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Payment Processing
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Fall term payment request rosters for MTI and Golden
Apple Scholars can be completed online and submitted
to ISAC via My Zone
Results for payment requests will be available on the
first Tuesday after vouchers have been generated and
the voucher numbers have been entered into the system
Colleges are encouraged to check My Zone every
Tuesday morning for new payment results
Special Education Teacher
Tuition Waiver (SETTW)
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2015-16 application will be available in
mid-December
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Priority consideration date will be
March 1, 2015
Grant Programs for Dependents of
Police/Fire/Correctional Officers
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Students must apply annually by application deadline dates
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October 1– full year
March 1 – second semester, second and/or third quarter
June 15 – summer term only
Benefits
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At MAP-approved publics: up to the cost of tuition and mandatory fees
At MAP-approved privates: up to the cost of tuition and mandatory
fees, provided it does not exceed the maximum grant payable at the
most expensive comparable program of study at a public institution
• The Annual Maximum Award amount for
2014-15 is $20,606
Grant Programs for Dependents of
Police/Fire/Correctional Officers
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Qualified applicants may receive benefits for the equivalent of
four academic years (eight semesters or 12 quarters) of full-time
enrollment, which is measured in eligibility units
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Recipients may accumulate up to 48 eligibility units
The amount of eligibility a recipient has used is determined by
converting credit hours to eligibility units
Number of Hours
12 or more hours
6 - 11.99 hours
Semester Term
6 units
3 units
Quarter Term
4 units
2 units
• Eligibility units are based on the enrolled
hours for a particular term, not the dollar
amount of the benefits paid
Grant Programs for Dependents of
Police/Fire/Correctional Officers
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Payment processing
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Fall term Certification of Enrollment for Payment rosters were
mailed to colleges on October 6, 2014
Due back to ISAC by November 7, 2014
Complete the columns labeled “Requested Amount” and “Total
Hours Enrolled”
Return completed roster even if a student is not eligible for a
payment for this term and provide the reason the student
should not receive payment for the term
College Illinois! Prepaid
Tuition Program
E-BUSINESS
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ISAC Website
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www.isac.org
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Periodically review your school website pages and make
sure your links are going to current, active
pages and applications
Stay current through Message Boards and emessages
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Message boards are updated weekly, on Friday
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ISAC Student Portal
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Enhanced Security for GAP Access
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In an effort to improve security, ISAC will be implementing a
2-step authentication process later this fall
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This will be the first phase of an eventual implementation of a true
2-factor authentication
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True 2-factor authentication makes the user provide two factors to log in:
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Something the user knows (ID and Password), and
Something the user has (a one-time password provided by a token or sent to a
mobile device or e-mail address)
In the first phase, after logging in with an ID and password:
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The GAP Access user will be asked to answer one of the three security
questions provided at the time they signed up for access
The user will be required to provide the 2-step authentication every
second time they log in to GAP Access
• Essentially, the user will need to answer one of the
three security questions every other time they log in
to GAP Access.
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GAP Access Security
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A school’s financial aid director is considered the primary
administrator for GAP Access and is responsible for
authorizing users as well as ensuring that non-active users
are deleted in a timely manner
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In addition to responding to periodic reminders from ISAC,
schools should have a process in place to remove non-active
users on a frequent and regular basis.
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NEWS
&
REMINDERS
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Recommendations of
MAP Advising Work Group
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RESOURCES
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TRAINING
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ISACorps
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Comprised of recent college graduates who serve
as near peer mentors
Each ISACorps member is assigned to a community
college district
• Each district has one to four members
ISACorps members have been trained by ISAC to
reach out to students and help them prepare for
the college-going process
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ISACorps
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ISAC Training Events
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College Access and Outreach Division
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Financial Aid Certification Program & Professional
Development
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www.isac.org/financialaidcertification/ for dates and registration
Program Services and Operations Division
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Financial Aid 101 & 201 Workshops
Monthly Webinars
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October 29, 2 p.m. – Grant Programs for Dependents of Police,
Fire and Correctional Officers
November 19, 2 p.m. – Loan Repayment Programs
December 17, 2 p.m. 2015-16 FAFSA and Application
Processing Updates
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E-messages provides details and dial-in information
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ISAC Contact Information
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School Services Communication Center
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Exclusively for school inquiries, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
Phone: 866-247-2172
Fax: 847-831-8549
E-mail: [email protected]
Student Services Communication Center
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For student and parent inquiries, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST
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Spanish-speaking counselors are available
Phone: 800-899-ISAC (4722)
Fax: 847-831-8549
E-mail: [email protected]
Presenter Contact Information
David Perry
Assistant Director, Partner Services
Phone: 800-899-4722, ext. 2112
E-mail: [email protected]
Kim Eck
Training Coordinator, Training Services
Phone: 217-785-7139
E-mail: [email protected]
ILASFAA:
2014
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