Posted: Mar 26, 2013 8:45 PM by Melissa Rafferty - MTN News
Montana teachers working in critical shortage areas are eligible for student loan repayment assistance.
The Office of Public Instruction announced on Tuesday that teachers are eligible for up to $3,000 a year for the next four years, for a total of up to $12,000.
Superintendent Denise Juneau and the Board of Public Education have expanded eligibility this year to include elementary teachers in 89 rural, high-poverty schools, and special education cooperatives.
An educator must be a full-time educator teaching in an impacted academic area to qualify for loan assistance. These schools tend to be rural and isolated, have a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students, or have greater challenges in closing the achievement gap.
The areas covered are: special education, career and technical education, music, mathematics, English, science, school counselor, speech-language pathologist, library, and art.
Last year, 166 teachers were awarded $494,890 in student loan repayment assistance. The deadline to apply for assistance is April 30, 2013. Click here to view a list of the 89 impacted schools.