In 1957, state lawmakers created the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) to ensure that financial considerations did not prevent Illinois students from realizing their postsecondary educational goals. At every stage of the financial aid process, ISAC acts as a centralized source of information and guidance and offers a comprehensive array of programs and services. ISAC's priority continues to be making postsecondary education accessible and affordable for the students and families of Illinois.
As the administrator of multiple state programs, ISAC manages information on program participants in a secure environment.
ISAC also acquires FAFSA data from Federal Department of Education. ISAC generates and monitors various metrics including FAFSA completion across the state, and is working on FAFSA match reports that will be accessible to high school counselors.