Gateways to Opportunity Scholarship and Assistance
The Gateways Scholarship Program awards scholarships up to a maximum of 15 semester hours per year (or equivalent quarter hours) over a three-term period (or equivalent quarter terms). First time scholarship recipients will only be allowed to register for up to six semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) during the first term of their scholarship.
An original signed Gateways Scholarship Supplement Application serves as a contract between the scholarship recipient and the Illinois Network of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (INCCRRA). A contract period does not exceed one year.
The percentages paid by the Gateways Scholarship Program and the recipient for tuition and fees are determined through a sliding income scale, which is based upon the recipient’s ECE or school-age care position. The program will only pay for fees that are associated with the courses being taken.
The work commitment must be completed in one of the following early care and education or school-age care settings:
*The Gateways Scholarship Program pays up to 100% of a maximum rate determined annually based on the highest tuition amount charged for undergraduate resident tuition rate at a state university or community college. Gateways Scholarship Program also pays a maximum rate determined annually based on the highest amount charged for tuition at a state university for master level coursework. (Tuition rates for both bachelor and master levels are based on current school year rate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.)