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SUBJECT: 500s: Student affairs EFFECTIVE: March 15, 2017
Section: 508.1.2 Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program

The intent of this program is to reduce loan indebtedness for individuals teaching full-time in North Dakota at grade levels or in content areas identified by the Department of Public Instruction as having a teacher shortage.

The number of applicants funded is limited and contingent upon legislative appropriations. Therefore, not all qualified applicants are assured funding. Recipients are eligible to receive loan forgiveness up to the maximum award set in N.D.C.C. 15-10-38, or a lesser amount determined by proration of available funds, per application period for each year they teach in a teacher shortage area. All qualified applicants for this program will be considered in priority order as defined in Section 3. Applicants must apply annually for funding consideration. The eligible teaching employment must have occurred within the current teaching year.

The Superintendent of Public Instruction will identify teacher shortage areas annually. The Bank of North Dakota is responsible for processing the loan forgiveness payments to financial institutions holding student loans for funded recipients by July 30th of each year. The North Dakota University System (NDUS) will notify all applicants of their award status by July 30th of each year.

Section 1 - Qualifications
To qualify for consideration for the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program, an applicant must:
  1. Hold a qualified license, endorsement or credential to teach at a grade level or in a content area identified as having a teacher shortage;

  2. Hold a qualifying student loan and not be in default on that loan;

  3. Be licensed by the Education Standards and Practices Board in North Dakota in the teaching shortage area;

  4. Teach in a Department of Public Instruction approved public or private primary or secondary school in North Dakota.

Section 2 - Terms and Definitions
  1. Default means default as defined in applicable federal student aid laws or regulations or other applicable regulations, as determined by the loan holder.

  2. Student Loan means Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Stafford subsidized and unsubsidized loans, Dakota Education Alternative Loan (DEAL) obtained through the Bank of North Dakota, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan subsidized and unsubsidized loans, Federal Perkins Loan, or FFEL or William D. Ford Federal Direct Consolidated Loans.

  3. Teacher shortage areas mean those grade levels and content areas identified annually by the Department of Public Instruction. Applicants who received funding from the program in the most recently completed application period may continue to be funded by the program, subject to all other limitations, even if the content area is not on the current year's shortage area list.

  4. Application period means the first day applications are accepted each year, which is no earlier than April 1, , and continuing through the last date noted on the application.

Section 3 - Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program Procedures
  1. Applications for this program may be obtained by:
    1. Calling the North Dakota University System office at 701.328.2964;
    2. Writing the North Dakota University System office at NDUS, 600 E Boulevard Ave. Dept. 21, Bismarck, ND 58505-0602;
    3. E-mailing, or
    4. Accessing the NDUS Grants and Scholarships webpage.

    Applications and the School District Superintendent or School Principal Letter of Certification will be accepted for the current application period as indicated on the application, but no earlier than April 1 of each year. A completed application must be received in the North Dakota University System office no later than midnight of the final day of the application period for the current teaching contract year.

    A completed application must include the applicant's name, contact information and social security number, area taught, all relevant student loan information, and the School District Superintendent or School Principal Letter of Certification.

  2. An application will not be considered complete until all of the required information has been received by the NDUS. The date the application is considered complete will be the date used for priority funding order purposes.

  3. Applicants qualifying under the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program may not qualify under the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program in the same application year.

  4. Completed applications will be considered in priority order as follows. If funding is not sufficient to fund all eligible applicants in a priority category, funding shall be allocated based on date of receipt by the NDUS of completed applications.

    1. First priority will be given to applicants who were previously funded under the program and who have continuing eligibility;
    2. Second priority will be given to applicants who have not been previously funded under the program but who meet the qualifications.
Mail, fax or deliver applications to:
North Dakota University System
State Capitol, Judicial Wing 1st Floor, Room 103
600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept. 21
Bismarck, ND 58505-0602
Fax: 701.328.2979

Reference: SBHE Policy - 508.1  

Reference: N.D.C.C. 15-10-38

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