JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program

Program News

(last updated August 29, 2021)

2021-22 Certification
2021-22 Award Determination
2021-22 Application
Enrollment Status Verification

2021-22

Certification

Functionality to certify eligibility for 2021-22 Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program newly-awarded students – as well as transfer students – is available in the SETTW system within the GAP Access portal. This new online process replaces the verification roster and certification form that had previously been e-mailed to schools.

Each of the twelve Illinois public universities with students who were awarded 2021-22 tuition waivers was sent an e-mail on August 27, 2021, indicating that the students’ eligibility must be certified via the SETTW system. If subsequent 2021-22 SETTW awards are announced, ISAC will send similar e-mail messages to impacted institutions.

Further details are provided at the Tuition Waiver Process page and in the Tuition Waiver Certification Process User Guide.

Award Determination

Award notifications and Illinois SETTW Rights and Responsibilities documents for the 2021-22 academic year were sent to 250 eligible applicants on June 2, 2021. Letters were sent to all other qualified applicants who were not selected.

Refer to the Determining Awards for SETTW section of this area of the website for more information about the award process, including links to sample award notifications and the Rights and Responsibilities document. The SETTW program provides tuition waivers for attendance at public universities in Illinois. Awards are not subject to annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.

Implementation of the 2021-22 award verification process in GAP Access is anticipated to take place in late summer of 2021. At that time, further details will be provided via this area of the website, the FAA Message Board, and/or ISAC’s e-Messaging system.

Application

ISAC is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 Illinois SETTW Program. The priority application consideration date for the 2021-22 academic year was March 1, 2021. Applications postmarked after the priority application consideration date are considered only if available waivers remain after all timely complete applicants have been awarded. It is anticipated that the application for the 2022-23 Illinois SETTW Program will be available at this website in mid-December of 2021.

To assist you with questions you receive from students regarding the SETTW application process, refer to the pages within the SETTW Program section of the Student & Parent area of the ISAC website.

The Application Procedures for SETTW page within this section (FAA area) includes details about the application process and links to the acknowledgement letters.

Enrollment Status Verification

Each fall, colleges are required to verify the enrollment statuses for recipients in the programs with teaching requirements. 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 prior academic year.

Effective with verification of enrollment status for the 2019-20 academic year, the reporting functionality for students who previously received funds from ISAC-administered teacher programs is a component of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal.

ISAC monitors recipients’ fulfillment of the program requirements because, if recipients fail to meet the applicable requirements, their awards 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. The sooner colleges submit enrollment verification data to ISAC, the sooner ISAC can communicate with impacted award recipients.

Refer to the Enrollment Status Verification page for links to the Enrollment Status Verification for Teacher Programs User Guide for step-by-step instructions on completing and submitting enrollment status verification and SETTW Tuition Waiver Conversion (TWC) data to ISAC, and see the Program Requirements page for details about the teaching requirement, extensions, deferments and repayment.