JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License Scholarship Program – Coming Soon

Below is information about the Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License Scholarship Program, anticipated to be launched later this year. This page will be updated when the application is available, and as more details about the program are finalized. When the application becomes available, students will be able to apply for awards to cover the entire 2022-23 academic year.

The Post-Master of Social Work School Social Work Professional Educator License Scholarship Program provides scholarship assistance to licensed social workers with master's degrees in social work who wish to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator License with an Endorsement on School Social Work. The program was designed to encourage students to work as social workers in Illinois schools and to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models, more reflective of the diversity of Illinois students. Each scholarship pays tuition and mandatory fee costs for an academic year (including summer) at Illinois public universities.

As part of the application process, you must agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the application's Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note. By receiving this scholarship, you must work as a social worker in an Illinois school. If this commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount, plus interest.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • hold a valid Illinois clinical social work license or social work license
  • have obtained a master’s degree in social work from an approved program
  • take courses to obtain an Illinois Professional Educator License with an Endorsement in School Social Work
  • enroll or be accepted for enrollment, on at least a half-time basis, at the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University or Western Illinois University.

How to Apply – Application Coming in the Fall

Once the application is available – anticipated for late fall of 2022 – it will be accessed via the Program Applications & Status Checks area of the Student Portal. 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 letter from ISAC.

Deadline dates by which applications must be submitted, will be established for each term.

How Funds Are Disbursed

ISAC works with the college to disburse funds for this program. The college certifies student eligibility and then – after the application deadline has passed for each term – submits a payment request on behalf of the student. ISAC processes the payment request and submits the information to the State Comptroller's Office. Dependent on the level of State of Illinois funding at the time of the request, the amount of time it takes for funds to arrive at the college can vary anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Depending on the college, students may be responsible for payment until program funds are received. Qualified applicants who are awaiting receipt of funds from this program should contact the Financial Aid Office or Business Office to determine the college's policy.