Types of Financial Aid


 Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant

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 a "State of IL MAP Grant (Est)". 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. Payment for each term is being made according to the equivalent number of credit hours eligible for MAP payment, 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 NIU.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has created a MAP Grant Estimator for students to calculate their expected eligibility.  To use the MAP Grant Estimator visit https://studentportal.isac.org/web/guest/student?p_auth=1W7LBnks&p_p_id=Student_WAR_Studentportlet&p_p_lifecycle=1&p_p_state=normal&p_p_mode=view&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_Student_WAR_Studentportlet__facesViewIdRender=%2Fviews%2Fhome.xhtmlStudents' EFCs and, if dependent, their adjusted gross income (AGI)/earnings from the most recent tax year, as well as their cash, savings and checking account balances are required in order for the MAP Estimator to generate the amount of their estimated MAP grants at up to three approved Illinois colleges.

For additional information visit www.isac.org