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.
Online Application for 2014-2015 School Year
On May 19, 2015 a new application process was implemented to enable teachers to submit their applications online via a secure web portal. To assist teachers whose chief administrative officers were unable to complete the employment verification portion of the application, the final deadline for completed applications was extended to August 31, 2015. Therefore, our goal for completing the review of approximately 1,700 applications has been extended to the end of November.
The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $2,212,500 for each year of the current two-year state budget period, in addition to funds from payments remitted on certain loans that are being retired. To leverage the limited funding in the most effective manner, the maximum award amount will be $2,500. We anticipate making awards on behalf of approximately 1,060 teachers.
Priorities for Application Approval
First priority will be given to qualifying applicants who received loan repayment assistance for the 2013-2014 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*
2) Applicants teaching other subjects on campuses identified as having the most acute shortages of teachers
*Note: Title I designation is not a criterion for determining shortage campuses.
To determine if your school is considered a shortage campus, please click here.
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 2014-2015 is 46.479%.
IMPORTANT: We anticipate that only the schools having the highest percentages of economically disadvantaged students will represent the “most acute shortage” definition noted in the above statements regarding priorities.
Designated Shortage Fields for 2014-2015
Bilingual Education/ESL English as a Second Language
Mathematics Special Education
Science Career and Technical Education
*Note: "Technology Applications" is not considered equivalent to Computer Science by the Texas Education Agency for purposes of this program.
For more information about or assistance with the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program, pleaseemail us or call THECB at 1-800-242-3062 (outside Austin) or at 512-427-6340 (if calling from within the Austin Area).
For information on the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please go to: