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 number of applicants has far exceeded the amount of available funding throughout the nine-year history of the program. This has required the establishment of ranking criteria based on the most critical shortages, with priority given to renewal applications.The application deadline for renewal applicants completing the 2012-2013 academic year of service was June 14, 2013. The majority of loan repayment awards will be disbursed before August 31, 2013.
Funding Update for 2014-2015
The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated $2,212,500 for each year of the 2014-2015 biennium. In April, 2014, we will post the application and ranking criteria for initial and renewal applications based on teaching service provided during the 2013-2014 academic year. To leverage the limiting funding in the most effective manner, the maximum award amount will likely be $2,500.
A link to the list of campuses having the most critical teacher shortages in the 2013-2014 academic year will be added to this page when it becomes available. The following subjects have been designated by the Texas Education Agency as shortage fields for the upcoming academic year.
Designated Shortage Fields for 2013-2014
Bilingual Education/ESL Foreign Languages
Mathematics Special Education
Science Computer Science