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Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program

Program News

(last updated September 11, 2019)

2019-20 Award Verification
2019-20 Award Determination
2019-20 Application
Enrollment Status Verification


Award Verification

The 2019-20 SETTW Verification Rosters and Certification forms listing the students who were awarded tuition waivers were e-mailed to colleges on April 10, 2019. The verification roster is used to verify enrollment and program eligibility for each qualified applicant selected to receive a tuition waiver who indicated on the application that they would attend your school during the 2018-19 academic year. Completed forms are due back to ISAC on or before September 13, 2019.

Refer to the Tuition Waiver Process in the SETTW section for a sample roster, instructions for certifying eligibility for the tuition waiver and an example of the cover letter. Information about teaching requirements is also available within this SETTW section.

Award Determination

Award Notifications and Rights and Responsibilities forms for the Illinois Special Education Teachers Tuition Waiver (SETTW) program were sent to 250 eligible applicants on April 10, 2019 for the 2019-20 academic year. Letters were sent to all other qualified applicants who were not selected. If a recipient declines a waiver, it will be awarded to another eligible applicant for the same academic year.

Refer to Determining Awards for SETTW within this section of the Gift Assistance area for more information about the award process and links to a sample of the Award Notifications and the Rights & Responsibilities form. The SETTW program is a tuition waiver for attendance at public universities in Illinois. Awards are not subject to annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.


The 2019-20 SETTW Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note is no longer being accepted. The 2019-20 SETTW Program application priority consideration date was March 1, 2019. Complete applications postmarked after that date are considered for the Illinois SETTW Program only if available waivers remain after all timely complete applicants have been awarded. It is anticipated that the application for the 2020-21 Illinois SETTW Program will be available at this website in mid-December of 2019.

Refer to the Application Procedures for SETTW page within this section, to learn more about the application process.


Although many operational processes for ISAC-administered programs have moved to the GAP Access portal, the Enrollment Status Verification function will remain in My Zone.

Enrollment Status Verification

Each year, colleges are required to verify the enrollment statuses for recipients in the program*s with teaching requirements and practice agreements. Verification of enrollment status is required for all recipients who, according to our records, previously received funds from the following ISAC-administered teacher education programs and may have been enrolled at your institution during the 2018-19 academic year.

Beginning September 11, 2019, TESP Enrollment Status Verification must be completed online via the My Zone portal and submitted to ISAC on or before October 11, 2019. Data should be reported based on each student's last date of enrollment in the required teaching program, regardless of whether that date falls within the 2018-19 academic year or the current 2019-20 academic year. If a student remains enrolled in the required teaching program for 2019-20, indicate such with the “In School” status; those students will continue to appear on future online rosters. Colleges must also complete the 2018-19 Tuition Waiver Conversion Form (TWCF) for each SETTW recipients listed on the SETTW Enrollment Status Verification online roster.

Only enrollment status verification rosters and the SETTW TWCF for 2018-19 recipients are available at My Zone (i.e., 2017-18 rosters have been removed). Enrollment status verification data is available to be updated only if the roster has not yet been submitted to ISAC. If enrollment status verification or TWCF data that has already been submitted (for the current or previous academic years) needs to be changed, contact the School Services Department.

ISAC monitors recipients’ fulfillment of the program requirements because, if recipients fail to meet the applicable requirements, their scholarships convert to loans that must be repaid. Knowing recipients’ enrollment status, as reported by the colleges, allows ISAC to communicate with recipients who have graduated (or otherwise stopped attending college) regarding the steps they need to take in order to fulfill their teaching requirements. Refer to the Program Requirements/Practice Agreement page within in the Gift Assistance area for each of the programs listed above for details about the teaching requirement, extensions, deferments and repayment. Refer to TESP Enrollment Status Verification at My Zone, for information about the online process and the TESP Enrollment Status Verification Quick Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions on completing and submitting a roster to ISAC.