Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The purpose of the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program (TFTLRAP) is to recruit and retain certified classroom teachers in fields and communities that have a shortage of teachers in Texas. To leverage the available funding in the most effective manner, the maximum award amount for state Fiscal Year 2017 is $2,500.

Online Application for 2016-2017 School Year

The application deadline for teachers is Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM CST. All applications must be submitted online. To complete an application, go to Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program application for enrollment. The deadline for principals or other authorized officials to submit the employment verification portion of the application is Friday, June, 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM CST.

Priorities for Application Approval

First priority will be given to qualifying applicants who received loan repayment assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year and have remaining program eligibility.

All other applications will be ranked according to the following criteria, in order of priority:

  1. Applicants teaching shortage subjects on campuses identified as having the most acute shortages of teachers (75% or more economically disadvantaged students).
  2. Applicants teaching other subjects on campuses identified as having the most acute shortages of teachers (75% or more economically disadvantaged students).
  3. Applicants teaching shortage subjects on campuses having a percentage of economically disadvantaged students that is 48.338% to 75%.
  4. Financial need based on the applicant's adjusted gross income as reported on the most recently filed federal income tax return.

*Note: Title I designation is not a criterion for determining shortage campuses.

View the Teach for Texas Shortage Areas to check the status of your campus for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Texas Education Agency uses a formula of economic need by campus to determine which campuses are experiencing a shortage of teachers. It has been determined that campuses with the highest number of economically disadvantage students, as compared to the statewide average number of students receiving free or reduced cost lunches, strongly correlates with the number of campuses experiencing a critical shortage of teachers.

Those campuses whose percentage of economically disadvantaged students is higher than the statewide average percentage of students receiving free or reduced cost lunches are designated as shortage campuses for the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The statewide average percentage of students receiving a free or reduced cost lunch for 2016-2017 is 48.338%.

Designated Shortage Fields for 2016-2017

For more information on the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program, please contact us.

For information on the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please go to Federal Student Aid Teacher Loan Forgiveness.