Skip to Content Bruce Rauner, Governor, State of Illinois

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program

Program News

(last updated January 23, 2017)

2017-18 Application
2016-17 Award Verification

2016-17 Award Determination
Enrollment Status Verification



The 2017-18 Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Application/Teaching Agreement/Master 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, 2017. 

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


Award Verification

The 2016-17 SETTW Verification Rosters and Certification forms listing the students who were included in the final round of awarding were mailed to colleges on November 14, 2016 and are due back to ISAC on or before December 5, 2016. 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 2016-17 academic year.

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

Award Notifications and Rights and Responsibilities forms for the 2016-17 SETTW program were sent to the eligible applicants included in the final round of awarding on November 9, 2016.

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 2016-17 SETTW Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note is no longer being accepted.


Enrollment Status Verification

Each year, colleges are required to verify the enrollment statuses for recipients in the programs* 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 2015-16 academic year.

* Note that, while the Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program and Nurse Educator Scholarship Program (NESP) options continue to appear in the drop-down list at My Zone, there is no data for these programs and the options will be removed from the system next year.

Beginning July 6, 2016, TESP Enrollment Status Verification must be completed online via the My Zone portal and submitted to ISAC on or before August 31, 2016. 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 2015-16 academic year or the current 2016-17 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 recipients are available at My Zone (i.e., 2014-15 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.