Application Procedures for MTI Program
The 2020-21 MTI Scholarship Program application can be accessed from the MTI Application page in the student and parent area or directly from the ISAC Student Portal. An applicant can sign into the student portal (either as a guest or the student already set up a profile and has an account), select Program Applications & Status Checks, then select MTI Apply Here, sign-in and carefully read the instructions and eligibility requirements before selecting the “Start Application” button at the bottom, of the page.
After entering and submitting their data via the online application, students must follow the on-screen instructions to print the application, sign it, and mail page one to ISAC. In addition, an E-mail Acknowledgement with instructions reminding them to sign and mail page one of the application to ISAC is sent as soon as they submit the application data. The application is not complete until the Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note with an original ink signature, is received at ISAC. For priority consideration, ISAC must receive a complete application on or before March 1st preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.
By signing the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note, the student promises to fulfill their teaching requirement according to the rules of the program under which they receive assistance. The applicant’s signature is legally binding. The applicant is promising to fulfill the teaching requirement or repay the funds received (prorated as appropriate) plus 5% interest and any reasonable collection costs. Recipients must begin to fulfill their teaching requirements within one year following the completion of the postsecondary education degree or certificate program for which the scholarship is awarded.
After the application is submitted to ISAC, MTI scholarship processing (Certification through Program Requirements) will be done by colleges via the MTI system in the GAP Access portal (rather than via My Zone, as was previously used). When an application is received by 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. Application information will appear on the Student List Eligibility: View screen either as complete or incomplete. An application will remain incomplete until the Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note is received by ISAC. The Student List Eligibility: View screen includes the application status, icons that indicate student eligibility issues or conflicts and sort and filter functions similar to what is available for other programs processed via GAP Access.
Refer to the MTI User Guide to learn about the application process, screen layout and icons that identify student eligibility issues and conflicts.
For applicants who are unable to apply online, the paper application is available to print from the Application, Forms & Brochures page. The priority consideration date for the 2020-21 application is March 1, 2020. The application received date will be based upon the U.S. Postal Service postmark date.
When ISAC receives the applicant’s signed promissory note, a letter acknowledging that their application was received and is being processed is mailed. An MTI Notice of Application – Received Timely is sent if the application is received on or before the priority deadline of March 1. An MTI Notice of Application – Received Untimely is sent if the application is received after the March 1. The letter also reminds applicants to:
- notify the school they will be attending of their enrollment plans; and
- notify ISAC in writing of any changes to their enrollment plans or address changes.
For purposes of the application priority consideration date, applications will not be considered for processing until the date that a signed application/Promissory note is received at ISAC. If an application was entered in the Student Portal but a signed promissory note is not received at ISAC within 10 days, a reminder letter is sent to the applicant. An MTI Notice of Incomplete Application is sent identifying the additional information that is needed. An MTI Notice of Ineligibility is sent if when one of the following exists.
- a prior year version of the application was used rather than the appropriate year version;
- the applicant indicated enrollment at a noneligible school;
- Illinois was not indicated as the applicant’s state of legal residence;
- the academic term for which the scholarship was requested has concluded; or
- the student is not a citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States.
Renewal applicants must submit a new application each year on or before the application priority consideration date of March 1. Applications used in a previous academic year will not be accepted and processed for the new academic year award consideration.