DENVER (KDVR) – Educators in Colorado can get up to $5,000 toward their student loans through a state program designed to attract teachers to rural locations and hard to fill.
Applications opened this week for Educator Loan Forgiveness Program, for teachers, administrators, and specialty service providers with valid Colorado licensure, according to the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
“As we address teacher shortages across the state, this debt relief program is exceptionally timely,” said Sen. Rachel Zenzinger, sponsor of the The 2019 bill created the program, said in a press release. “Colorado teachers have proven their worth in the face of today’s unsettling challenges brought on by COVID-19. This program rewards educators who have demonstrated a willingness to invest in our children and our community. ”
Interested applicants must first fill out an interest survey, granting access to the online application portal. Completed applications must be submitted by April 15. More information available in the program booklet.
Colorado’s Educator Shortage Areas
Colorado Educator Shortage Survey 2021 found deficiencies in the following areas.
- English as a Second Language / Culturally and linguistically diverse education
- Early childhood education
- Kindergarten Special Education
- Mathematics Education
- Generalist on special education
- Special Education Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Special Education for the Blind
- World language
Special service providers:
- School nurse
- Occupational therapist at school
- School physical therapist
- School social worker
- School-language pathologist
- Areas of teacher shortage are only for rural areas
- All content of the teacher / field of endorsement
- All SSP . regions
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