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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.

Funding  

The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $2,212,500 for each year of the current two-year state budget period. Based on past experience and the high level of interest in this program, we anticipate that available funding will not be sufficient for awards to all eligible applicants. To leverage the limited funding in the most effective manner, the maximum award amount will be $2,500.

Online Application for 2014-2015 School Year 

The Coordinating Board is working on a process that will enable teachers to submit their applications online via a secure web portal. Upon submission of the teacher's application, a message will be sent to the e-mail address of the school principal or other official who is authorized to verify employment information, as entered by the teacher on the application form. The message will prompt the official to complete and submit an attached form to the Coordinating Board via the secure web portal.

We anticipate posting the link to the online application no later than May 15, 2015, with an application deadline of June 30, 2015. Please visit this web page for any further updates.

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 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 of free or reduced lunches are designated as a shortage campus for the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The statewide average number 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. 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 2014-2015

Bilingual Education/ESL            English as a Second Language

Mathematics                            Special Education

Science                                   Career and Technical Education

Computer Science*

*Note: "Technology Applications" is not considered equivalent to Computer Science by the Texas Education Agency for purposes of this program.     

 

For more information about the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program, please email us or call THECB at 1-800-202-3062 (outside Austin) or at 512-427-6340 (Austin Area)

 

For information on the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please go to:

http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/cancelstaff.jsp


 

 


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