JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

MTI Eligibility Requirements

{ISAC Rules, Part 2763.20}

NOTE: Effective beginning with the 2020-21 academic year, the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act allows eligible Illinois undocumented students and transgender students who are disqualified from federal financial aid to apply for all forms of state financial aid. Further details are provided in the Pathway to Apply for ISAC Programs section of the RISE Act page.

To qualify for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (FSA Handbook Volume 1, Chapter 2) or meet the “undocumented student” criteria of the RISE Act;
  • be a resident of Illinois;
  • be a minority student who is enrolled or accepted for enrollment on at least a half-time basis as an undergraduate or graduate student;
  • be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a Illinois institution of higher education in a course of study, including alternative teacher licensure, which upon completion will qualify the student to be licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) as a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher;
  • be a high school graduate or a recipient of a General Educational Development (GED) Certificate;
  • have earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) if enrolled at the sophomore, junior, senior or graduate level;
  • not be in default on any student loan nor owe a refund or repayment on any state or federal grant;
  • comply with federal Selective Service registration requirements (see the Note at the top of this section for possible exceptions);
  • meet the satisfactory academic progress standards at the school;
  • have not received 8 semesters or 12 quarters of the MTI Scholarship; and
  • not be awarded an Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) or the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program for the same academic period for which the MTI Scholarship is requested.

The definitions for minority students are as follows:

  • African American/Black -- a person having origins in any of the black racial groups in Africa;
  • Asian American -- a person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, including Pakistan, and the Pacific Islands, including among others, Hawaii, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia;
  • Hispanic American -- a person of Spanish or Portuguese culture with origins in Mexico, South or Central America, or the Caribbean Islands, regardless of race;
  • Native American -- a person who is a member of a federally or state recognized Indian tribe, or whose parents or grandparents have such membership, including the native people of Alaska.

The award year for this scholarship does not include the summer term.

Monetary Award Program (MAP) funds may be applied only to any remaining tuition and fee charges after the MTI Scholarship is applied to the cost of attendance.