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.
The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $2,212,500 for each year of the current two-year state budget period. We are now accepting initial and renewal applications based on teaching service provided during the 2013-2014 academic year.
If all renewal applicants with remaining program eligibility qualify for awards this year, we estimate that there will be sufficient funding for approximately 500 awards to first-time applicants.Based on past experience and the high level of interest in this program, we anticipate receiving up to 6,000 applications.
To leverage the limited funding in the most effective manner, the maximum award amount will be $2,500.
Priorities for Application Approval
First priority will be given to qualifying applicants who received loan repayment assistance for the 2012-2013 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. 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. The lowest degree of shortage included among the shortage campuses is 50.6%.We will not know the cutoff percentage for "the most acute shortage" campuses until after the application deadline, after all application data have been entered into the program database.
Designated Shortage Fields for 2013-2014
Bilingual Education/ESL Foreign Languages
Mathematics Special Education
Science Computer Science*
*Note: "Technology Applications" is not considered equivalent to Computer Science by the Texas Education Agency for purposes of this program.
THE APPLICATION PERIOD CLOSED ON JUNE 16, 2014 FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR.
For information on the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please go to: