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Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Program News

(last updated June 7, 2019)

2019-20 Program Funding
2019-20 Certification
2019-20 Application
2018-19 Program Funding
2018-19 Payment Authorization
2018-19 Payment
2018-19 Award Determination
2018-19 Qualification
Enrollment Status Verification - 2017-18 Rosters Now Available
Additional MTI References


Program Funding

The 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) appropriation for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship is $1,900,000.


Colleges may certify eligibility for the 2019-20 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.

An overview of the online Certification process is available within this section on the Certification for MTI page. Refer to the MTI User Guide for instructions to enter and submit Certifications to ISAC.


The 2019-20 MTI Scholarship Program application is available online via the ISAC Programs area of the ISAC Student Portal. For priority consideration, ISAC must receive a complete application on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying. Although the 2019-20 priority consideration application deadline for this program was March 1, 2019, eligible students may still apply. Complete applications postmarked after March 1 will continue to be considered for as long as funding remains after all timely qualified applicants have been awarded. The date through which 2019-20 MTI Scholarship applications will be accepted is dependent upon application volume and available funding.

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) Application section of the Student & Parent area of the ISAC website.

The Application Procedures for MTI page within this section (FAA area), includes details about the application process, instructions to obtain a digital ID.


Program Funding

The 2019 fiscal year (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019) appropriation for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship is $1,900,000.

Payment Authorization

Effective Monday, January 7, 2019, colleges may again access the My Zone portal. In preparation for the eventual transition of MTI Scholarship processing into the ISAC Gift Assistance Programs Access (GAP Access) portal, colleges are strongly encouraged to print or save all 2018-19 payment authorization reports for the fall term on or before Friday, January 11, 2019.


As announced in an August 23 e-mail, TESP payment requests for the MTI Program can be completed online and submitted electronically to ISAC via TESP Payment Online at My Zone.

The payment processing cycle for the 2018-19 academic year is as follows:

  • TESP Payment Online consists of two components: TESP Payment Request Roster and TESP Payment Authorization. Results for payment requests received will be available via TESP Payment Authorization at My Zone after vouchers have been generated and the corresponding Voucher Numbers are entered into the My Zone system by ISAC staff. Vouchers are sent via e-mail to financial aid directors Colleges are encouraged to check My Zone every Tuesday morning for new payment results.
  • The disbursement of funds will be processed by the State Comptroller’s Office. Refer to the State Comptroller's Website page, located within the Processes section of the FAA area, for information on how to track payment.
  • TESP payment roster data will be generated each Wednesday night and available at TESP Payment Online every Thursday morning.
  • Each week, results for payment requests submitted on or before Monday will be available at My Zone the following Tuesday.
  • The history of all payment requests for the academic year is available to colleges online, minimizing the need to print and retain hard copies of rosters.

Refer to the MTI Payment, Disbursements & Refunds page within the MTI area for general information about the MTI payment process. Refer to the TESP Payment Request Roster and the TESP Payment Authorization pages at TESP My Zone for details about the TESP Payment Request process, instructions for completing and submitting payment request rosters to ISAC and how to view, save and print payment results.

Award Determination

Awarding for all qualified (timely and untimely) 2018-19 MTI applicants has taken place. TESP Award Notifications have been mailed to eligible students. Eligible award information (including funded and unfunded status) is available to colleges online at My Zone.

Now that MTI awards have been made on multiple dates, the sort functionality, the filter functionality or the pre-defined report that sorts by "Status Date" may be used to help identify students that have recently been found eligible for an award. As a reminder, the "Status Date" matches the date on the student's award letter.

Information about award determination can be found on the Award Determination for MTI page within this section. Refer to the TESP Notification page in My Zone to learn about accessing student eligibility data to generate a report or view award announcement results online using the search, filter or sort functions.


The TESP Qualification process begins with the completion of an initial certification. Be sure to access the TESP Student Certifications: List at My Zone regularly to learn the qualification status of applicants from your college.

  • If the college certified a student as eligible for an MTI award, the “Complete” column will be checked and a status code of "Q" will display in the Status column on the Student Certifications: List in My Zone. Corrections cannot be made online at My Zone after an eligible record has been qualified. Requests to correct qualified records must be submitted to ISAC.
  • If the college certified a student as ineligible for an MTI award, a Notice of Ineligibility is sent to the applicant. The Complete column will be checked and a status code of "U" will display in the Status column on the Student Certifications: List in My Zone. If a student subsequently meets the eligibility criteria or an incorrect eligibility reason was initially entered, (i.e., not attending at least half-time etc.) the Certification can be corrected online and resubmitted via 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 2017-18 academic year.

Beginning September 7, 2018, TESP Enrollment Status Verification must be completed online via the My Zone portal and submitted to ISAC on or before November 5, 2018. 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 2017-18 academic year or the current 2018-19 academic year. If a student remains enrolled in the required teaching program for 2017-18, indicate such with the “In School” status; those students will continue to appear on future online rosters. Colleges must also complete the 2017-18 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 2017-18 recipients are available at My Zone (i.e., 2016-17 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.

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.

Additional MTI References

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.

Award Determination

TESP My Zone