Optometric Education Scholarship Program (OESP)
(last updated January 12, 2021)
Note: Illinois Optometric Education Scholarship Program (OESP) awards are available only for students attending the Illinois College of Optometry.
Each year, colleges are required to verify the enrollment statuses for recipients in the program with practice agreement requirements. Verification of enrollment status is required for all recipients who, according to our records, previously received Illinois OESP funds and may have been enrolled at your institution during the 2019-20 academic year.
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 program 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 & Practice Agreement page for links to the Enrollment Status Verification for Teacher Programs User Guide, which provides step-by-step instructions on completing and submitting enrollment status verification data to ISAC, as well as details about the practice agreement requirement, extensions, deferments and repayment.