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Application Procedures for SETTW

{ISAC Rules, Part 2765.30}

All applicants must complete the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Application/Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note and submit it to ISAC postmarked on or before March 1 immediately preceding the academic year for which the waiver will be used, in order to receive priority consideration for an award. Complete applications postmarked after March 1 will be considered only if available waivers remain after all timely complete applicants have been awarded.

Section A – Applicant Information

All applicants must complete Section A of the application, which includes the applicant’s demographic information and college choice, check boxes to indicate whether they will graduate from high school in the current academic year or in a prior academic year, the name of their high school if they will graduate in the current year and reference information.

In past years, the high school counselor had to provide their signature certifying the applicant’s ACT/SAT test score, class size and class rank. The counselor’s signature is no longer needed as ISAC will use the same academic information that was provided for the State Scholar Program.

Section B – Required for Licensed Teachers Only

Applicants who are licensed teachers in the state of Illinois must complete section B. A licensed teacher, for purposes of this program, is defined as any person holding a valid teaching license that is not in the discipline of Special Education. A licensed teacher must be seeking initial licensure in a special education discipline to be eligible for the Illinois SETTW program.

Licensed teachers must sign and date Section B of the application. The application and a copy of their credential page from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) must be submitted to ISAC postmarked on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which the waiver will be used for priority consideration.

Student/Borrower Certifications and Signature

All applicants must read the Student/Borrower Certification and Signature section and the terms of agreement before signing the SETTW Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note. An applicant’s signature on the application constitutes agreement with the terms and conditions of the program. The Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note shall include the following stipulations:

  1. the recipient pledges to begin teaching, on a full-time basis, in the field of special education at a nonprofit public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school in Illinois within one year following graduation from or termination of enrollment in a teacher education program and to continue teaching for at least 2 of the 5 years immediately following.
  2. if the teaching requirement is not fulfilled, the tuition waiver converts to a loan and the recipient must repay the entire amount of the tuition waiver (prorated according to the fraction of the teaching obligation not completed), plus interest at a rate equal to 5% per annum; and
  3. the recipient agrees to provide ISAC with evidence of compliance with program requirements (e.g., responses to annual follow-up questionnaires, etc.).

If the application is incomplete, ISAC will notify the applicant. The applicant will then have an opportunity to furnish the missing information; however the application will be considered for processing as of the date that Section A – Applicant Information is complete and received at ISAC.