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Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications Available

Posted on 3/14/2011

For Immediate Release:For More Information Contact:
March 14, 2011Debra A. Anderson, Director of Public Affairs and Marketing
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications Available

BISMARCK, N.D. - Applications for a teacher incentive program aimed at retaining elementary and secondary teachers will be accepted by the North Dakota University System Office beginning April 1, 2011. The application deadline is June 30, 2011.

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program will reduce student loan indebtedness by $1,000 per year up to a maximum of three years for teachers who work at a grade level or in a content area identified as a teacher shortage area by the superintendent of public instruction. Eligibility begins after completion of one year of teaching in North Dakota, but teachers may have earned their degrees in other states.

The 19 defined shortage areas for academic year 2010 - 11 are:
  1. Agriculture education
  2. Art
  3. Business and office technology/business education
  4. Career clusters
  5. Computer education
  6. Diversified occupations
  7. Driver and traffic safety education
  8. English as a second language
  9. English language arts
  10. Family and consumer sciences
  11. Health careers
  12. Information technology
  13. Languages/Native American languages
  14. Marketing education
  15. Mathematics
  16. Science
  17. Social studies
  18. Special education programming
  19. Trade and industrial education

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program was approved by the North Dakota Legislature during the 2001 Legislative Session. Additional information and the loan application form are available on the NDUS website at To access this information, click on Students/Paying for College/North Dakota Grants & Scholarships.

Applications also may be obtained by calling the NDUS Office at 701.328.4114 or by writing to 600 East Boulevard Avenue - Dept. 215, Bismarck, N.D., 58505-0230.

Funded applicants will be notified prior to July 30, 2011.

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