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Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note

Welcome to the MTI Program Application.

Be sure to read the important information here, and on our website, about the MTI program and the teaching obligation connected to the award before you complete the application.

If you have a Student Portal profile, some of the application information will be prepopulated for you if you sign in before starting the application. If you need to create a profile, access the Student Portal and click on Login.

As part of the application process, you must agree to the terms and conditions outlined in the Application Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note and in the Program Requirements area of the ISAC website.

Teaching Obligation

If you are an MTI Scholarship recipient, you must teach on a full-time basis for each academic year, or portion of an academic year, in which you received the award. This teaching obligation must be fulfilled at a nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school at which no less than 30 percent of the enrolled students are minority students, as certified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). You must begin teaching within one year following termination from the program of study funded by the scholarship, and continue until the teaching obligation is fulfilled. If the teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount, plus interest.

MTI Eligibility Under the RISE Act

If you are a noncitizen, or a person who is not a permanent resident of the United States, you may be eligible to apply for MTI under the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act, if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • you resided with your parent or guardian while attending a public or private high school in Illinois,
  • you graduated from a public or private high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma, in Illinois,
  • as of the date you graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma, you had attended school in Illinois for at least three (3) years,
  • by signing this application you will be providing an affidavit stating that you will file an application to become a permanent resident of the United States at the earliest opportunity you are eligible to do so, and
  • you have not established a residence outside of Illinois.

Completing the Application

Read and follow all instructions and prompts as you answer the questions. You must agree to the program's Terms and Conditions before proceeding through the application. Once your completed application is submitted, we will send immediate confirmation to your e-mail address that your application has been received at ISAC.

As part of the MTI application process, you must also complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®) or (if applicable) an Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (Alternative Application) for the same academic year you are applying for MTI. Access the online FAFSA at fafsa.gov and the Alternative Application on ISAC's website.

The data you input here will be automatically loaded into ISAC's system, however, your application will not be reviewed or processed until you have signed your Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note.

You may sign through the secure electronic signature process as part of the application, or print and sign your application by hand and mail it to:

ISAC Dept. D
1755 Lake Cook Road
Deerfield, IL 60015-5209

For priority consideration, applications must be received on or before March 31 preceding the academic year for which you are applying. Be sure to retain a copy of your signed Application/Teaching Agreement/Promissory Note, along with the Terms and Conditions, for your records.

Please note the MTI application cannot be completed through your mobile or tablet device. You must use a Wi-fi-enabled desktop or laptop, connected to a printer, to complete the application.

If you become aware that changes to your application data are needed, follow the procedures on our website.