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Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications Available

Posted on 3/19/2012

For More Information Contact:
Nathan Stratton, Director of Financial Aid
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2960

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, 2012. The application deadline is June 30, 2012.

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 18 defined shortage areas for academic year 2011-12 are:
  1. Agriculture education
  2. Art
  3. Business and office technology/business education
  4. Career clusters
  5. English as a second language
  6. English language arts
  7. Family and consumer sciences
  8. Health careers
  9. Information technology
  10. Languages/Native American languages
  11. Marketing education
  12. Mathematics
  13. Music
  14. Physical Education
  15. Science
  16. Social studies
  17. Technology education (industrial arts)
  18. 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 can also be obtained by calling the NDUS Office at 701.328.2960 or by writing to 600 East Boulevard Ave., Dept. 215, Bismarck, N.D., 58505-0230.

Funded applicants will be notified prior to July 30, 2012.

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