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Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program

Program News

(last updated December 20, 2017)

2018-19 Application
2017-18 Award Verification
2017-18 Award Determination

2017-18 Application

Enrollment Status Verification


2018-19 Application


The 2018-19 Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note is available to print from the Application, Forms and Brochures page. For priority consideration, ISAC must receive a complete application postmarked on or before March 1, 2018.

Refer to the Application Procedures for SETTW page within this section, to learn more about the application process.


Award Verification

The 2017-18 SETTW Verification Rosters and Certification forms listing the students who were award in May were mailed to colleges on July 28, 2017. The verification roster is used to verify enrollment and program eligibility for each qualified applicant selected to receive a tuition waiver who indicated on the application that they would attend your school during the 2017-18 academic year. Completed forms are due back to ISAC on or before September 29, 2017.

Refer to the Tuition Waiver Process in the SETTW section for a sample roster, instructions for certifying eligibility for the tuition waiver and an example of the cover letter. Information about teaching requirements is also available within this SETTW section.

Award Determination

The final round of awarding for the 2017-18 Illinois Special Education Teachers Tuition Waiver (SETTW) program took place on November 13, 2017. ISAC mailed Award Notifications and Rights and Responsibilities forms to qualified applicants.

Refer to Determining Awards for SETTW within this section of the Gift Assistance area for more information about the award process and links to a sample of the Award Notifications and the Rights & Responsibilities form. The SETTW program is a tuition waiver for attendance at public universities in Illinois. Awards are not subject to annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.


The 2017-18 SETTW Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note is no longer being accepted. The 2017-18 Illinois SETTW Program priority application consideration date was March 1, 2017.

Refer to the Application Procedures for SETTW page within this section, to learn more about the application process.


Enrollment Status Verification

Each year, colleges are required to verify the enrollment statuses for recipients in the program*s with teaching requirements and practice agreements. Verification of enrollment status is required for all recipients who, according to our records, previously received funds from the following ISAC-administered teacher education programs and may have been enrolled at your institution during the 2016-17 academic year.

Beginning November 1, 2017, TESP Enrollment Status Verification must be completed online via the My Zone portal and submitted to ISAC on or before November 30, 2017. Data should be reported based on each student's last date of enrollment in the required teaching program, regardless of whether that date falls within the 2016-17 academic year or the current 2017-18 academic year. If a student remains enrolled in the required teaching program for 2016-17, indicate such with the “In School” status; those students will continue to appear on future online rosters. Colleges must also complete the 2016-17 Tuition Waiver Conversion Form (TWCF) for each SETTW recipients listed on the SETTW Enrollment Status Verification online roster.

Only enrollment status verification rosters and the SETTW TWCF for 2016-17 recipients are available at My Zone (i.e., 2015-16 rosters have been removed). Enrollment status verification data is available to be updated only if the roster has not yet been submitted to ISAC. If enrollment status verification or TWCF data that has already been submitted (for the current or previous academic years) needs to be changed, contact the School Services Department.

Refer to the Program Requirements/Practice Agreement page within in the Gift Assistance area for each of the programs listed above for details about the teaching requirement, extensions, deferments and repayment. Refer to TESP Enrollment Status Verification at My Zone, for information about the online process and the TESP Enrollment Status Verification Quick Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on completing and submitting a roster to ISAC.