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Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications Available

Posted on 3/21/2014

For More Information Contact:
March 21, 2014

North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.224.2541

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 beginning April 1, 2014. The application deadline is June 30, 2014.

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

The defined shortage areas for academic year 2013-2014 are:

Agriculture Education
Business and Office Technology/Business Education
Career Clusters
Computer Education
English as a Second Language
English Language Arts
Family and Consumer Science
Health Careers
Information Technology
Languages/Native American Languages
Marketing Education
Social Studies
Special Education Programing
Technology Education (Industrial Arts)
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 application form are available on the NDUS website at To access this information, click on North Dakota Grants & Scholarships.

Applications also may be obtained by calling the NDUS Office at 701.224.2541 or by emailing

Applicants will be notified prior to July 30, 2014.

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