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Deadline For Illinois Students To Complete Application For MAP Grant Eligibility Is Wednesday

Jessie Schlacks / WNIJ

If you have a student who might be eligible for a MAP grant next year, you’re about out of time to get your financial aid application in.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission — the state agency that administers MAP grants — announced Tuesday that the deadline for applications for MAP will be Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.

The cut-off date varies according to expected funding and numbers of applications.

Families need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA.

There’s no separate application necessary to be considered for a MAP grant.

Some schools have advised students not to apply for the grants because of the lack of state funding. NIU says it will credit eligible students' accounts based on what the university would normally receive.  However, it hasn't made a decision on what to do if MAP grants go unfunded for a year.  

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