JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Program News

(last updated May 11, 2022)

2022-23 Program Funding
2022-23 What's New (Effective January 1, 2022)
2022-23 Certification
2022-23 Application
2021-22 Program Funding
2021-22 Payment
2021-22 Award Determination
2021-22 Certification
Enrollment Status Verification

2022-23

Program Funding

The 2023 fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) appropriation for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship is $4,200,000.

What's New (Effective January 1, 2022)

The following amendments, which are effective January 1, 2022 for the 2022-23 operational cycle, have been adopted for the MTI administrative rules.

Application Process

  • Added “qualified bilingual minority applicants” to those who may apply for the scholarship.
  • Applicants who are already licensed to teach must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a course of study leading to an additional teaching endorsement or a master’s degree in an academic field in which they are teaching or plan to teach.
  • Applicants who are not yet enrolled in an educator preparation program must have received one or more College and Career Pathway Endorsements and commit to enrolling in a course of study leading to teacher licensure, including alternative teacher licensure.
  • In addition to the MTI application, the corresponding year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) or Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (if applicable) must be submitted by the March 31 preceding the academic year for which a scholarship is being requested (for example, the priority application consideration date for the 2022-23 academic year was March 31, 2022).

Awarding

  • When appropriated funds for this program are insufficient to provide scholarships for all qualified applicants during any fiscal year, available funds will be awarded to qualified students who submit complete timely applications (i.e., the complete MTI Scholarship application and FAFSA or Alternative Application are submitted no later than March 31) based on the following priority order:
  1. Scholarships will first be awarded to renewal applicants who continue to meet all of the program’s eligibility requirements (including minority student status). An applicant is considered a renewal applicant if during the previous academic year they received funds from the program for which they are currently applying.
  2. If funds remain after all qualified renewal applicants have been awarded, then at least 35 percent of appropriated funds will be reserved for male qualified applicants. If enough applications are not received on or before January 1 of each fiscal year to award 35 percent of available funds to male qualified minority applicants, then a portion of the reserved funds will be awarded to female qualified minority applicants.
  3. When at least $2,850,000, but less than $4,200,000 is appropriated for this program in a given fiscal year, then – to the extent allowed by the amount of funding that remains – at least ten percent of the appropriated funds will be reserved for qualified bilingual minority applicants, with priority given to those applicants who are enrolled in an educator preparation program with a concentration in bilingual, bicultural education.
  4. When at least $4,200,000 is appropriated for this program in a given fiscal year, (as is the case in fiscal year 2023), then – to the extent allowed by the amount of funding that remains – at least 30 percent of the appropriated funds will be reserved for qualified bilingual minority applicants, with priority given to those applicants who are enrolled in an educator preparation program with a concentration in bilingual, bicultural education.
  5. If sufficient funding remains after awarding has been completed for applicants included in priority categories 1-4 (above), then awards may be made to other qualified applicants.
  6. If the appropriated funding for this program in any given year is insufficient to award all qualified applicants within any of the priority categories 1-5 (above), then awards within that category will be prioritized as follows:
    1. to students that demonstrate the most financial need;
    2. to students with the earliest date of received complete applications (i.e., in date-received order); and
    3. to qualified applicants enrolled at or above the junior level.
  • Because more than $2,850,000 has been appropriated for this program in fiscal year 2023, the maximum annual award amount has increased to $7,500 for 2022-23 and all subsequent years.

Program Requirements

  • If a scholarship is awarded based on an applicant's qualified bilingual minority status, the teaching commitment may be completed in a transitional bilingual education program or in a school in which at least 20 English learner students in the same language classification are enrolled.

Participating Institution Requirements

  • Each institution that participates in the MTI Scholarship Program must host an annual information session about the program for teacher candidates of color and – in an effort to facilitate on-time completion of each student’s educator preparation program – require that all program recipients enrolled at the institution meet with an academic advisor at least once per academic year.

Program Awareness

  • If there are three consecutive years in which the following two situations occur, then up to three percent of funds appropriated for the MTI Scholarship Program will be allocated to increase awareness of the program and for the recruitment of Black male applicants:
    • less than 90 percent of each fiscal year’s MTI Scholarship appropriation is expended, and
    • an insufficient number of applications are received by January 1 of each year from the groups identified for reserved funds (i.e., qualified male applicants and qualified bilingual minority applicants).

Certification

May 11 e-Message announces that colleges may certify eligibility for the 2022-23 Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program via the MTI system. The MTI system is available to enter certification data each Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. (CT).

A Certification record is created in the MTI system when 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 a notification letter is if the Certification is submitted via the MTI system. Be sure to continue completing and submitting Certifications throughout the year, in order to ensure that students will be included in all rounds of awarding that take place.

An overview of the online certification process, including details regarding what’s new for the 2022-23 academic year, is available on the Certification Procedures for MTI page. Refer to the MTI User Guide for instructions to enter and submit Certifications to ISAC.

Application

The 2022-23 MTI Scholarship Program application remains available online via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of the ISAC Student Portal.

For priority consideration, the 2022-23 MTI Scholarship application and 2022-23 FAFSA or (if applicable) Alternative Application must have been received by March 31, 2022. Complete applications submitted (i.e., electronically signed or postmarked) after March 31 will be considered for the MTI Scholarship Program only if funding remains after all timely complete applicants have been awarded. The date through which 2022-23 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.

At this time, student data related to the 2022-23 MTI application is not appearing for colleges in the MTI system. It is anticipated that colleges will begin seeing student data in early February 2022, at which point this page will be updated.

The Application Procedures for MTI section includes details about the application process, including sample acknowledgement notifications.

Refer to the MTI Scholarship Program page of the Students & Parents area for assistance with questions you receive from applicants regarding the MTI application process.

2021-22

Program Funding

The 2022 fiscal year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) appropriation for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship is $1,900,000.

Payment

Effective March 21, 2022, MTI Payment requests for the third term can be completed online and submitted electronically to ISAC via the MTI system.

What's new

  • Effective with the 2021-22 payment cycle, and as part of our ongoing efforts to best leverage appropriated funds to award as many eligible students as possible, priority payment request deadline dates are being established for each term.
    • The third-term claim deadline date will be announced on this page, once determined.
    • The second-term claim deadline date was Friday, February 25, 2022.
    • The first-term payment request deadline date was December 10, 2021.
    • The timely submission of claims and cancellations/adjustments allows ISAC staff to monitor remaining funds and award other students, as applicable.

Submitting payment requests is a two-step process, which involves generating the request (either individually or in a batch) and then submitting the request.

Payment results display on the MTI Student Detail: Payment screen and on the Payment Results/Exception report the day after payment requests are processed. After submitting claims, colleges are encouraged to always review the Payment Results/Exceptions report. Retain a copy of the report for each payment request submitted, so that the invoice number on the report can be matched with the voucher and the funds received from the State Comptroller’s Office. After payment requests are processed, vouchers are generated and sent via e-mail to financial aid directors.

The disbursement of funds is processed by the State Comptroller's Office. Refer to the State Comptroller's Website page for information on how to track payment.

For more information, refer to the following locations on ISAC's website:

MTI Payment
MTI Electronic Processing
MTI User Guide

Award Determination

As announced in an August 31 e-Message, awarding for the 2021-22 MTI Scholarship Program has taken place for all timely new and renewal applicants who have been certified as eligible. 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.

Refer to the MTI Award Determination area for more information about the award process, award amount and notifications. Details about the MTI system, including access to the MTI User Guide, are available at the MTI Electronic Processing page.

Certification

Effective May 11, 2022, MTI certification functionality for the 2021-22 academic year has been disabled. Colleges should work directly with School Services staff if any changes are needed to 2021-22 MTI certification data.

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.

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