Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers

This information was posted by +Jennifer Bergland  in our TCEA community group. If you know someone in the Education field aspiring to become a teacher, please pass this news to them. Note not everyone is eligible.
Every year the Texas Education Agency (TEA) submits a list of subject matter teacher shortage areas and a list of designated low-income schools to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). Teachers with certain types of student loans may qualify for partial loan forgiveness, deferment or cancellation benefits.
Eligibility for these benefits depends on the type of loan the teacher has, the date of his/her first loan, and whether the teacher serves in a designated low-income school or subject matter teacher shortage area. Designated low-income schools are those with greater than 30% of enrolled students from low-income families in districts that are eligible for Title I funds.  The economically disadvantaged status of a school does not ensure eligibility- please check to make sure your school is an eligible school: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/ed_init/PDF/SchoolSearch.pdf
Teacher Shortage Areas for the 2013-2014 School Year
  1. Bilingual/English as a Second Language
  2. Computer Science
  3. Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages)
  4. Mathematics
  5. Science
  6. Special Education  


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