JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

School and Municipal Social Work Shortage Loan Repayment Program – Coming Soon

The number of awards made through this program, as well as the individual dollar amount awarded, are subject to sufficient annual appropriations by the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor.

To encourage Illinois students to work, and to continue to work, as social workers in public school districts and Illinois municipalities, the School and Municipal Social Work Shortage Loan Repayment Program provides assistance toward the repayment of student loans. The program is intended to assist in paying eligible loans as an incentive to participate in the social work field, particularly by minority applicants, who are underrepresented as school and municipal social workers. A one-time award of up to $6,500 is available.


To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen or meet the "undocumented student" criteria of the RISE Act
  • Be an Illinois resident
  • Have an outstanding balance due on an eligible educational loan (includes Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Graduate PLUS Loans, consolidation loans, Supplemental Loans for Students, alternative loans, and other types of government and institutional loans used for education expenses)
  • Be an individual who, on the date of application submission, is currently employed and was employed as a social worker for at least 12 consecutive months by:
    • an Illinois public elementary school,
    • an Illinois public secondary school, or
    • an Illinois municipality where the social worker did not report directly to a police department.
  • Not be in default on any federal guaranteed educational loan, nor owe a refund on any scholarship or grant program administered by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC).

How to Apply – Application Coming Soon

Once the application is available, it will be accessed via the ISAC website. The online application has built-in edits to prevent errors, and we will send immediate confirmation to your e-mail address that your application has been received. If your application, including required documentation, is incomplete, you will receive a letter from ISAC explaining the reason(s) and advising how to resolve the issue. Qualified applicants will be sent a Notice of Eligibility from ISAC.

A deadline by which applications must be submitted will be established.

How Funds Are Awarded and Disbursed

Recipients are selected from among qualified new applicants. The total number of awards each year is contingent upon available funding. If funding in any given year is insufficient to pay all eligible applicants, awarding will be based on the date the complete application (with all required documentation) is received at ISAC's Deerfield office.

Award amounts are based on the applicant's remaining balance on eligible education loans, not to exceed $6,500. Proceeds will be remitted directly from the State of Illinois Comptroller's Office to the holder/servicer/lender of the loan(s) to be repaid.