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Financial Aid

State Programs

For more information on the programs listed below including applications, please visit the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois and provides scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees. Students may nominate themselves or be nominated by a teacher, counselor, principal or other non-family adult. Students must be nominated on or before November 30 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.

Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program

The Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) encourages Illinois residents to pursue degrees in Special Education Teaching certification programs at state universities. SETTW recipients receive a waiver of tuition and all fees excluding the CTA transit fee and Campus Care Insurance (if applicable). Students who receive the waiver must commit to working as a Special Education teacher in the state of Illinois. If the teaching commitment is not fulfilled, students must repay the entire amount plus interest.

Nursing Education Scholarship Program

Students pursuing a bachelor's or graduate degree in nursing and demonstrate great financial need may qualify for the Nursing Education Scholarship. This scholarship provides financial aid anywhere from one to four years. If awarded, students must begin full or part-time employment as a licensed practical or registered nurse in Illinois within six months of graduating and remain employed for a period equivalent to the educational time supported by the scholarship.

Minority Teacher of Illinois

The Minority Teacher of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program encourages academically talented minority students to pursue careers as teachers at nonprofit Illinois preschool, elementary and secondary schools. The program also aims to provide minority children with access to a greater number of positive minority role models. Recipients must agree to begin teaching within one year of graduation at a nonprofit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school that the Illinois State Board of Education has certified as a school with at least 30% minority students. They must teach one year for each year of scholarship assistance or else the scholarship converts to a loan that must be repaid. Students must apply on or before March 1 preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying.

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