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Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program Application/Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note

Welcome to the SETTW Program Application.

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

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

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.

Teaching Obligation

If you are an SETTW recipient, you must teach two years on a full-time basis in the field of special education. This teaching obligation must be fulfilled beginning within one year immediately following graduation or termination of enrollment, and continuing for two of the subsequent five years, in the following Illinois schools that have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE): a nonprofit public, private or parochial preschool, a nonprofit public, private or parochial elementary school, or a nonprofit public, private or parochial secondary school. If the teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the waiver converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount, plus interest.

SETTW 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 SETTW under the Retention of Illinois Students & Equity (RISE) Act, if you meet all of the following criteria:

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. Providing your e-mail address is optional, but by doing so you will receive application status updates.

The data you input here will be automatically loaded into ISAC’s system, however, your application will not be reviewed or processed until a printed and signed (original ink signature only) paper application/master promissory note is received in ISAC’s Deerfield office.

After printing the complete application packet, submit only the one-page application/master promissory note; do not include the pages containing the Terms and Conditions. Be sure to retain a copy of your signed Application/Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note, along with the Terms and Conditions, for your records.

Your signed Application/Teaching Agreement/Master Promissory Note must be mailed to:

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

Only paper application with original signatures will be accepted; do not submit the application via e-mail or FAX. For priority consideration, applications must be postmarked on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which you are applying.

Please note the SETTW application cannot be completed through your mobile or tablet device. You must you 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.