What are my responsibilities?

Responsibilities with a Scholarship

As a recipient of the Gateways Scholarship Program, your responsibilities are to:

  1. Read the Gateways Scholarship Program FAQ.
  2. Contact your Gateways Scholarship Counselor when you are ready to enroll for each term. Until your Counselor authorizes your courses, your school will hold you responsible for the full cost of tuition.
    Semester Hour Schools Authorization Timeframes Quarter Hour Schools Authorization Timeframes
    Fall Semester: July 1st-August 31st Fall Term: July 1st-October 31st
    Spring Semester: October 1st-January 31st Winter Term: November 1st-January 31st
    Summer Semester 1: April 1st-May 31st Spring Term: February 1st-April 30th
    Summer Semester 2: July 1st - July 31st Summer Term I: May 1st-June 15th
      Summer Term II: July 1st-July
  3. Send in your grade reports at the end of each semester or term.
  4. Pay your portion of the tuition to your college or university. 
  5. Complete your contract period by sending in grade reports or official transcripts. Contracts end June 30th each year. See FAQ for more information.
  6. Fulfill your work commitment to early care and education or school-age care as follows:
    • Six months for completion of a coursework contract
    • One year for degree completion
    • One year for certificate, approval, or endorsement completion

    Your work commitment period must be completed in one of the following settings:

    • IDCFS licensed full-day, full-year family/group child care home or center
    • IDCFS licensed school-age program operating a minimum of nine months a year
    • ISBE funded Preschool for All program     

Scholarship recipients who do not complete their work commitment period in an eligible early care and education or school-age care program are responsible for reimbursing Gateways the cost of their last contract.

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