Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
(last updated October 18, 2019)
The 2020 fiscal year (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020) appropriation for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship is $1,900,000.
As announced in an October 18 e-Message, MTI Payment requests 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.
Colleges are encouraged to keep the Payment Results/Exceptions report for each payment request submitted so the invoice number on the report can be matched with the voucher and the funds received from the Comptroller’s office.
For more information regarding online payment functionality, including detailed instructions, is available at the following locations on ISAC's website:
MTI Electronic Processing
MTI User Guide
Awarding for the 2019-20 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. Starting with the 2019-20 academic year, all online processing for the MTI Scholarship Program will take 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 are for more information about the award process, award amount and notifications. Details about how 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 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. The priority application consideration date for the 2019-20 academic year was March 1, 2019. However, complete applications received after this date will continue to be considered for the MTI Scholarship Program for as long as funding remains after all timely qualified applicants have been awarded. The date through which 2019-20 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.
Although many operational processes for ISAC-administered programs have moved to the GAP Access portal, the Enrollment Status Verification function will remain in 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 2018-19 academic year.
- Illinois Optometric Education Scholarship Program (IOESP)
(OESP Awards are available only for students attending the Illinois College of Optometry)
- Minority Teachers or Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
- Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program
Beginning September 11, 2019, TESP Enrollment Status Verification must be completed online via the My Zone portal and submitted to ISAC on or before October 11, 2019. 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 2018-19 academic year or the current 2019-20 academic year. If a student remains enrolled in the required teaching program for 2019-20, indicate such with the “In School” status; those students will continue to appear on future online rosters. Colleges must also complete the 2018-19 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 2018-19 recipients are available at My Zone (i.e., 2017-18 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.
ISAC monitors recipients’ fulfillment of the program requirements because, if recipients fail to meet the applicable requirements, their scholarships 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. 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.
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.
TESP My Zone