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. To leverage the available funding in the most effective manner, the maximum award amount for state Fiscal Year 2016 is $2,500.
Online Application for 2015-2016 School Year
To access the application for loan repayment based on teaching service for the current school year, click here.
Priorities for Application Approval
First priority will be given to qualifying applicants who received loan repayment assistance for the 2014-2015 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 (75% or more economically disadvantaged students)
2) Applicants teaching other subjects on campuses identified as having the most acute shortages of teachers (75% or more economically disadvantaged students)
3) Applicants teaching shortage subjects on campuses having a percentage of economically disadvantaged students that is 48.801% to 75%
4) Financial need based on the applicant's adjusted gross income as reported on the most recently filed federal income tax return.
*Note: Title I designation is not a criterion for determining shortage campuses.
You may view the status of your campus for the 2015-2016 academic year 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 2015-2016 is 48.801%.
Designated Shortage Fields for 2015-2016
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 call THECB at 1-800-242-3062 (outside Austin) or at 512-427-6340 (if calling from within the Austin Area) Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST.
For information on the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please go to: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/cancelstaff.jsp