The purpose of the program is to recruit and retain certified classroom teachers in fields and communities having a shortage of teachers in Texas.Important Notice - Funding for 2012-2013 Service Period
The state budget shortfall presented extraordinary challenges for the 82nd Texas Legislature, resulting in the elimination of funding for many programs and significant cuts to others. The Teacher Education Loan Repayment Program, funded at approximately $11.5 million for the 2010-2011 two-year budget period, was funded at $1 million for the 2012-2013 budget period, representing a 91% decrease in funding.
Therefore, during the current two-year budget period, no new participants will be accepted into the program and there will not be sufficient funding for all eligible teachers who previously received loan repayment awards. To leverage the reduced funding in the most effective manner and within the statutory requirements, the maximum award amount for each year of the 2012-2013 budget period will be $2,500. Additionally, the criteria stated below, in order of priority, will be applied in ranking renewal applications from teachers who received funds based on teaching service for the 2010-2011 academic year and who, for the 2012-2013 academic year are teaching:
1) one of the five designated shortage subjects AND are teaching at a campus whose students receiving reduced and free lunches comprise 75% or more of the student population at the campus
2) any subject at a campus whose students receiving reduced and free lunches comprise 75% or more of the student population at the campus
3) one of the five designated shortage subjects AND are teaching at a campus whose students receiving reduced and free lunches comprise more than 51.197% (the current statewide average) of the student population at the campus
In April, 2013, applications will be e-mailed and mailed to teachers who received funds based on teaching service for the 2010-2011 academic year. An application deadline will be posted on this page.
Designated Shortage Campuses for 2012-2013
Note: The federal Title I designation is not used to determine campus eligibility for this program. Shortage campus designation is determined annually based on information provided by Texas Education Agency.
The following is a link to the list of the campuses having the most critical shortages: http://www.hhloans.com/apps/shortage.cfm
Designated Shortage Fields for 2012-2013
Bilingual Education/ESL Foreign Languages
Mathematics Special Education