Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program
The purpose of the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program is to encourage teachers who demonstrated high academic achievement as math or science majors, to teach math or science in Texas Public Schools for eight years, the first four of which are at Texas public schools that receive federal funding under Title I, Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.
- be a U.S. citizen;
- have completed an undergraduate or graduate program in mathematics or science;
- have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale or the equivalent, at an institution from which the teacher graduated;
- be certified under the Texas Education Code, Subchapter B, Chapter 21, or under a probationary teaching certificate, to teach mathematics or science in a Texas public school;
- have secured an employment contract as a full-time classroom teacher to teach mathematics or science in a Title I school at the time of application for enrollment in the program; and
- submit a completed application, including an official transcript from the institution from which the applicant graduated, to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
The teacher must be certified in the subject he or she is teaching, for an average of at least four hours each school day in a Title I school, for the first four years of service, or in any Texas public school, for the subsequent four years of service. For additional details, please review the administrative rules for the program.
Application Ranking Priorities
A total of $2,575,000 has been appropriated for this program for the current biennium. If there are not sufficient funds to encumber awards for all eligible applicants, applications will be ranked according to a cumulative ranking system based on the following:
- The number of mathematics and science courses completed by the applicants.
- The grade received by each applicant for each of those courses.
- Employment at schools having the highest percentages of students who are eligible for free or reduced cost lunches.
Loan Repayment Assistance
- Loan repayment assistance received through this program will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service
- A teacher may not receive any other state or federal loan repayment assistance, including a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant or teacher loan forgiveness
- Annual loan repayment awards are disbursed to lenders following completion of each verified employment period and are contingent upon availability of funds; therefore, first disbursements will not be made until employment verification documents have been received at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year
Application for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
To apply, download the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program application. The applicant's Chief Administrative Officer (principal, assistant principal, superintendent, or Human Resources official) must complete Section B of Part 2. Completed applications accompanied by an official transcript (photocopies will not be accepted) from the institution from which the applicant graduated must be postmarked by July 31, 2017.
For more information on the Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Assistance Program, please contact us.