JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

MTI Electronic Processing

Overview
Access the MTI System
Hours of Operation
MTI User Guide
MTI File Specifications
Helpful Hints

Overview

The Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program is processed through ISAC’s Gift Assistance Program (GAP) Access portal. Processing via the MTI system has the same look and feel and functionality as the other Gift Assistance Programs administered through GAP Access.

When an applicant submits an MTI Application to ISAC, a record is added to the college’s database in the MTI system that can be viewed by selecting the Student tab to display the Student List Eligibility: View screen. The Student List Eligibility: View screen displays in a format similar to other programs that are processed via the GAP Access portal. A Certification record is created in the MTI system when an MTI Application is complete. Student’s with complete applications will display on the Certification List: View screen. Only records that need to be certified display on the Certification List: View screen. Once certified, the applicant status information will be updated on the Student List Eligibility: View screen. A complete application and a complete and eligible certification record are required for consideration for an award.

Currently colleges have the option to submit individual or batch payment requests for awarded students. Refer to the MTI Payment page for information about the payment request and payment authorization processes. Refer to the MTI User Guide section for details regarding application, eligibility certification, award determination, payment request and payment authorization processes.

Access the MTI System

Due to the confidential nature of the student-specific data involved, a secure authentication process is required before access to the MTI system can be granted. All users, not just those who work in the financial aid office, need a valid GAP Access ID and password (for example, users who need access to the FTP site). ISAC will rely on a contact person, or Administrator, at each institution to authorize users at his/her school. Refer to the GAP Access User Guide for general questions, user name and password maintenance, and technical information about GAP Access. Contact a School Services Representative with questions that are not addressed in the Guide.

The financial aid director is the primary GAP Access Administrator, however, the director may select others to act as GAP Access Administrators. GAP Access Administrators are responsible for monitoring passwords, security and staff access to the MTI system. The financial aid director should select the administrators based on the confidential nature of, and the access to student data. To access MTI records:

  • sign on to the GAP Access system and select Programs from the blue ribbon across the top of the screen then “MTI” from the dropdown box;
  • select the academic year (currently the 2019-20 is the only academic year available);
  • select one of the tabs at the top of the “MTI” screen to access any of the functions; i.e., select the “Student” Tab to access the Student List Eligibility: View.

Hours of Operation

The MTI system is available each day between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (CT).

MTI User Guide

The MTI User Guide, which includes details regarding access to student eligibility data and payment processing, can be viewed online, printed or saved to your computer for future reference.

MTI File Specifications

Currently, only individual and batch payment request entry is available. Colleges will be notified when file specifications pertinent to utilizing the file extraction feature of the MTI system, or sending MTI Payment Requests used to ISAC via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is available.

Helpful Hints

  • The MTI system via GAP Access works best using Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher.
  • Adjust the screen resolution if needed.
  • For optimum printing of screens, set the printing option to landscape.