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TESP Update: Print Reports by January 11


Unless otherwise noted, links in this message are to corresponding pages at the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) website (

The following information is being shared to assist colleges in the administration of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship and Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois (Golden Apple) programs [collectively, referred to as the Teacher Education Scholarship Programs (TESP)].

My Zone Portal Access

Effective Monday, January 7, 2019, colleges may again access the My Zone portal.

TESP Processing Will Eventually Move to GAP Access

In preparation for the eventual transition of MTI Scholarship and Golden Apple procesing into the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs Access (GAP Access) portal, maintenance and analysis are being performed. As part of this preparation, every precaution is being taken to protect applicants' personally identifiable information (PII), including Social Security numbers (SSNs).

Print TESP Payment Authorization Reports by January 11

2018-19 TESP Payment Authorization Reports that were generated in My Zone for the fall term included applicants' SSNs. In order to protect applicants' PII, all payment authorization reports generated in 2018 soon will be removed from the My Zone portal. Reports generated in My Zone from this point forward will not include SSNs.

Colleges are strongly encouraged to print or save all 2018-19 payment authorization reports for the fall term on or before Friday, January 11, 2019.

Continue Submitting Certifications for 2018-19 MTI Scholarship and Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Programs

Remember that all initial certifications available in My Zone must be completed, regardless of whether the college certifies a student as eligible or ineligible and regardless of whether the student is currently enrolled. The only way applicants will receive notification from ISAC regarding their eligibility status is if their colleges have submitted the certifications via My Zone. Be sure to continue completing and submitting initial certifications, in order to ensure that your students will be included in any rounds of awarding that take place. Resources regarding the awarding process – including how to generate a report and filter or sort student eligibility data – may be accessed from within My Zone's TESP Notification area.

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