Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
(last updated March 29, 2021)
The priority application consideration date for the 2021-22 academic year was March 1, 2021. Complete applications postmarked after March 1 will be considered for the MTI Scholarship Program only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded. The date through which 2021-22 applications will be accepted is dependent upon application volume and available funding. Encourage applicants who have not already done so to submit their applications as soon as possible.
To assist you with questions you receive from students regarding the MTI application process, refer to the pages within the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program section of the Student & Parent area of the ISAC website.
The Application Procedures for MTI page, located within this section (FAA area), includes details about the application process and links to notification letters and the MTI User Guide.
The 2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021) appropriation for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship is $1,900,000.
As announced in January 8 and March 29 e-Messages, colleges are encouraged to submit spring-term certifications and payment requests (claims) for the 2020-21 MTI Scholarship Program as soon as possible. The timely submission of claims and cancellation/adjustment data allows ISAC staff to monitor remaining funds and award other students, as applicable.
MTI claims can be completed online and submitted electronically to ISAC via the MTI system in the GAP Access portal. Payment results displays on the MTI Student Detail: Payment screen and on the Payment Results/Exception report the day after payment requests are processed.
Submitting payment requests in GAP Access is a two-step process, which involves generating the request (either individually or in a batch) and then submitting the request. After payment requests are processed, vouchers are generated and sent via e-mail to financial aid directors. The disbursement of funds will be processed by the State Comptroller's Office. Refer to the State Comptroller's Website for information on how to track payment.
For more information regarding online payment functionality, including detailed instructions, the Payment Offset process and processing reminders, refer to the following locations on ISAC's website:
As announced in an August 20 e-Message, the second round of awarding for the 2020-21 MTI Scholarship Program has taken place for qualified timely new and renewal applicants. Award notifications will be mailed to all eligible applicants by ISAC and colleges may view award results on the "Student List Eligibility: View screen" in the MTI system. Remember that beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, online processing for the MTI Scholarship Program takes place via the MTI system, which is a component of the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs (GAP) Access portal.
Refer to MTI Award Determination within this section of the Gift Assistance area for more information about the award process, award amount and notifications. Details about the MTI system and a link to the MTI User Guide can be found on the MTI Electronic Processing page.
Colleges may certify eligibility for the 2020-21 Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program via the MTI system in GAP Access (rather than via My Zone, as was previously used). The MTI system is available to enter certification information each Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. (CT).
A Certification record is created in the MTI system when the an MTI Application is complete. All Certifications available in the MTI system must be completed regardless of whether the school certifies a student as eligible or ineligible. The only way an applicant will receive one of the Notification letters is if the Certification is submitted via the MTI system. Be sure to continue completing and submitting initial certifications throughout the year, in order to ensure that students will be included in all rounds of awarding that take place.
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.
To access general information about the MTI program, click on one of the links in the right-hand menu. To access the page within the MTI section that addresses the topics listed below, click on the topic.