The Office of Student Financial Aid is located at 620 East John Street. Students who have federal- or state-funded aid packages should direct all questions to the staff in this office. The following list of financial aid packages i s a brief description of some assistance programs earmarked for future educators. Please consult the Campus Financial Aid website for more information on the variety of scholarships available.
Illinois Future Teacher Corps Scholarship
The Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program is generally for academically talented and financially needy students with junior standing or above with priority given to minority students, individuals pursuing a teacher shortage discipline, and/or to those who make a commitment to teach in a hard to staff school. The IFTC Scholarship Program is administered by ISAC and carries a five-year commitment for teaching service in Illinois. For additional information about IFTC, contact a client services representative at 1(800) 899-4722 or http://www.isac.org/students/.
Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program (SETTW)
Academically talented students who are enrolled in a public five-year institution and who are seeking initial licensure in any area of special education may be eligible for the Illinois SETTW. This program is administered by ISAC and will exempt individuals from paying tuition for up to four calendar years. Recipients of this scholarship must be Illinois residents and agree to teach in the special education field in an Illinois school for two years. Illinois freshmen must be enrolled in the Education General curriculum to receive this award. For additional information about the SETTW, contact an ISAC client services representative at 1 (800) 899-4722
Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program
Students who are planning to become preschool, elementary or secondary school teachers and who are of African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American origin may qualify for the MTI Scholarship Program. For additional information about MTI, contact an ISAC client services representative at 1 (800) 899-4722.
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois (Illinois Scholars Program)
The Golden Apple Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, which promotes excellence in Pre-K through 12th grade education. Based in Chicago, the foundation recruits academically talented and ethnically diverse high school graduates for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois. A limited number of positions in the program are open to college sophomores who attend one of the colleges or universities that partner in the program. Golden Apple Scholars agree to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need in exchange for financial assistance from the foundation. Information about the Golden Apple Scholars program may be obtained from the Illinois liaison, Kathy Ryan. More information about the Golden Apple Scholars program is available online.
Virtual Job Board
The Virtual Job Board is a service provided to students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The job board is intended to assist students in finding part-time employment. Please see the website for details.
College of Education Students Awards Program
The College of Education annually awards undergraduate and graduate merit scholarships, which are funded from gifts of alumni and friends of the College of Education. Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled in the College of Education or the Minor in Secondary School Teaching, be in good academic standing (not on probation), and maintain satisfactory and continuous progress toward the degree objective. The criteria used for selection include service and leadership to community, university or college; academic achievement; and letters of recommendation. The scholarship amount varies. Detailed information is available online.