One-Time $3,000 Incentive for EBF Tier 1 and Tier 2 Rural & Remote National Board Certified Teachers

Application for FY21

Open as of October 08, 2020
Closes: March 31, 2021 at 12:00 midnight

The Illinois State Board of Education is showing their support for the positive impact that National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) make through improving teaching and student learning for Illinois' most under-resourced students in rural or remote areas.  Please take a moment to contact your state representatives to thank them for their continued support in funding incentives for NBCTs.

This application is to be completed only if you are an eligible Illinois National Board Certified Teacher.  A one-time $3,000 incentive shall be paid to each qualified educator who:

  • is currently employed as a full-time teacher or counselor in an Illinois public school,
  • holds a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards designation on their Illinois Professional Educator License,
  • is a current National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT),
  • is employed in a school district classified as Tier 1 or Tier 2 (current year Evidence Based Formula), and
  • is employed in a Rural or Remote district or school (Local Codes 33, 41, 42, or 43).

Please check the PDFs below for more information about your district or school. You will find links to the NCEA website with additional information about your district's or school's local code, if you would like to clarify your eligibility. Note: you may have to download the files in order for the hyperlinks to work. (Again, codes 33, 41, 42, or 43 are the codes which qualify for the incentive.)

EBF Tier 1 FY20 Rural & Remote Local Codes

EBF Tier 2 FY20 Rural & Remote Local Codes

**NOTE: If you are not currently an NBCT, but would like to learn more about the application process, or apply to begin your journey, please visit our Application for the Illinois National Board First Time Candidate Fee Subsidy page.

NBCTs must complete and submit the application to be eligible for the incentive.

  1. Complete the application at
  2. Check for your name on the Approval List.
  3. Sign and return the affidavit/attestation by April 11, 2021 at 12:00 midnight.

IMPORTANT: After your application information is verified, you will receive an email outlining the steps to fill out and submit an affidavit/attestation form.  Please complete these steps by April 11, 2021.

The application must be submitted no later than 12:00 midnight on March 31, 2021.  Late applications will not be accepted.

For assistance regarding issues please contact

Please allow 5-7 business days for your application to be processed.  Eligible educators are posted to the Incentive Approval List weekly until the application closes.



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