If you are a teacher or an academically talented student pursuing a career in special education as a nonprofit public, private or parochial preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher in Illinois, you may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program. This program will exempt you from paying tuition and mandatory fees at an eligible institution, for up to four calendar years. Mandatory fees are those assessed by a college to every full-time student for each term. Examples include fees for activities, facility operations, grants, health, registration, technology, transportation and others. The college determines fees that are considered mandatory. By receiving the tuition waiver, you must teach in Illinois in the field of special education. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the amount of benefits received converts to a loan, and you must repay the entire amount plus interest. Those recipients who are pursuing or have secured a position as a Speech-Language Pathologist should take note that in order to fulfill the teaching requirements, their position must be that of a “teacher”, as certified by their employing school official. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) defines a “teacher” as a person who provides direct classroom-type teaching or classroom-type teaching in a non-classroom setting. Accordingly, only if a Speech-Language Pathologist’s teaching position meets the above definition, and is certified as such by the school official, would the position be considered as fulfilling the SETTW teaching requirements.
For more information and how to apply, see attached documents.
Deadline: March 1, 2018