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. 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
On May 19, 2015 a new application process was implemented to 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. All applications must be submitted online.
The application deadline for teachers is Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST. The link for submitting the application will not be available after that time. The deadline for principals or other authorized officials to submit the employment verification portion of the application has been extended to Friday, August 15, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST.
STEP 1 - Read the instructions and complete all parts of the teacher portion of the [application no longer available]. Do not include punctuation in any field, with the exception of e-mail addresses.
STEP 2 - Click on the "submit" button at the end of the application (you will receive confirmation by e-mail).
STEP 3 - MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO FOLLOW UP with the Chief Administrative Officer named by you on the application to ensure that he/she submits the employment verification form before the July 15 deadline for this portion of the application.
You will receive confirmation by e-mail when this form is submitted. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the new employment verification form has been submitted. Applications will not be considered complete until this has occurred.
We will rank applications after all completed applications received by the deadline have been reviewed. Our goal is to notify applicants and disburse funds to lenders by September 30, 2015.
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 number 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 percentage of students receiving free or reduced cost lunches are designated as shortage campuses for the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program. The statewide average percentage 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
*Note: "Technology Applications" is not considered equivalent to Computer Science by the Texas Education Agency for purposes of this program.
For more information about or assistance with the Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance Program, please email us or call THECB at 1-800-242-3062 (outside Austin) or at 512-427-6340 (if calling from within the Austin Area).
For information on the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please go to: