JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Certification Procedures for MTI

Certification Overview
Certification Entry
Appeal Procedures

Certification Overview

A Certification record is created in the MTI system when an MTI application is complete. The college then selects "Certification" from the ribbon at the top of the screen to display the Certification List: View screen. Colleges can enter certification data and indicate whether the applicant is eligible or ineligible, then save and submit their entry to ISAC.

Only records that need to be certified display on the Certification List: View screen. The Filter and/or Sort functions can be applied to the Certification List: View screen to customize how information is displayed, similar to all other gift assistance programs that are processed via systems within the GAP Access portal. Once certified, the applicant status information will be updated on the Student List Eligibility: View screen.

A complete application and a complete and eligible Certification record are required for consideration for an award. Eligible applicants will be awarded based on whether their application was received before or after the March 1 priority consideration date. Renewal applicants receive priority consideration.

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.

Certification Entry

Refer to the MTI User Guide for detailed instructions for completing and submitting a Certification record via the MTI system. If a record was certified ineligible and something changes with a student’s eligibility prior to the awarding process, corrections to the certification record can be made online. Instruction to make corrections are included in the user guide.


  • An overview of the online certification process can be found in the MTI User Guide.
  • A Certification record must be submitted for applicants who are eligible and ineligible.
  • Only applicants with a complete and eligible Certification record will be considered for an award.
  • Corrections to a Certification record can be made online. Follow the instructions in the MTI User Guide.
  • Be sure to continue completing and submitting MTI Certifications throughout the year so that applicants will receive the appropriate notifications.

Appeal Procedures

Ineligible applicants will be sent an MTI Notice of Ineligibility and advised of the reason for the denial of an award. If there are extenuating circumstances that would cause ISAC to reconsider an applicant’s eligibility, an appeal may be appropriate.

While a financial aid administrator may assist an applicant in formulating an appeal request, the applicant must appeal ISAC’s decision by filing a written request within 60 days of the date on the denial letter. The written request must explain the basis of the appeal and provide all pertinent details and appropriate documentation.

Appeals should be submitted to:

Manager of Applicant Services, DA3
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
1755 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

ISAC will send a written response to the applicant within 15 working days of its receipt of the written appeal.