Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program
(last updated March 2, 2021)
The priority application consideration date for the 2021-22 academic year was March 1, 2021. While applications continue to be accepted at this time, those postmarked after the priority application consideration date will be considered only if available waivers remain after all timely complete applicants have been awarded.
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 notification letters.
The 2020-21 SETTW Verification Rosters and Certification forms listing the students who were awarded tuition waivers were e-mailed to colleges on July 27, 2020. 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 2020-21 academic year. Completed forms are due back to ISAC on or before August 14, 2020.
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 Notifications and Rights and Responsibilities forms for the Illinois Special Education Teachers Tuition Waiver (SETTW) program were sent to 250 eligible applicants on April 28, 2020 for the 2020-21 academic year. Letters were sent to all other qualified applicants who were not selected.
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.
Each year, colleges are required to verify the enrollment statuses for recipients in the program’s 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 2019-20 academic year.
- Minority Teachers or Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
- Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program
Beginning November 19, 2020, the functionality for reporting enrollment status data, for students who previously received funds from ISAC-administered teacher programs, has transitioned from My Zone to the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal. No functional or operational changes were made – only the platform used to report the data has changed. Although data was due to ISAC on December 18, 2020, colleges are still encouraged to verify and submit award recipients' current enrollment status data as soon as possible.
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.