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Scholarships and Financial Support

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The following opportunities are available specifically for students pursuing Learning Behavioral Specialist I and II endorsement(s).  Students in the MEd Special Education program can also apply for college-wide scholarship opportunities.

Leaders Enhancing outcomes for Adjudicated youth with Disabilities with intensive needs in urban settings (LEAD)

Applications for LEAD are due October 1.

Project LEAD prepares special educators and school social workers through grant-funded scholarships to earn initial certification in their respective programs and improve outcomes for adjudicated youth with disabilities in temporary detention center schools and in middle and high schools. The project is a collaborative effort between UIC’s Department of Special Education and Jane Addams College of Social Work, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Division of Cook County Juvenile Courts.

LEAD scholarships include costs for tuition, university fees, and an annual book stipend.

Assistive Technology Leaders in Special Education (ATLiS)

This scholarship is no longer accepting applications.

Assistive Technology Leaders in Special Education (ATLiS) Assistive Technology is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project designed to prepare school and district leaders with expertise in the development, implementation, and evaluation of assistive technology programs for students with multiple disabilities. ATLiS scholars will participate in an intensive series of courses and experiences that will prepare participants with deep knowledge of assistive technology practices and polices. Graduates will acquire the skills to become school and district leaders who are able to support the academic and behavioral needs of students with multiple disabilities through the use of effective, evidence-based assistive technology methods.

ATLiS scholarships include costs for tuition, an annual book stipend, and opportunities to attend and present at local conferences.

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Financial assistance is available through national, state, and UIC funds:

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The TEACH Grant provides federal student aid to teacher candidates who seek to become teachers in low-income schools.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach

  • in a high-need field;
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families; and
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.


Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver Program

Students in the MEd Special Education program pursuing licensure to teach special education (including current teachers with an Illinois Professional Education License who are not currently qualified to teach special education) may be eligible for the Illinois Special Education Teacher Tuition Waiver (SETTW) Program.  This program exempts students from paying tuition and mandatory fees for up to four calendar years.  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.

Students in any graduate program at the College of Education are eligible for a UIC Graduate College tuition waiver.  Available on a semester-by-semester basis, a limited number are available, but all students are encouraged to apply.