Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Program applications are open

DENVER (KDVR) – Educators in Colorado could get up to $ 5,000 for their student loans through a state program designed to attract teachers to rural and hard-to-fill positions.

Applications were opened this week for the Educator loan forgiveness program, which is available to teachers, administrators, and special service providers with a valid Colorado license, according to the Colorado Department of Advanced Education.

“As we face educator shortages statewide, this loan forgiveness program is particularly timely,” said Senator Rachel Zenzinger, sponsor of the 2019 bill that created the program, said in a press release. “Colorado teachers have demonstrated their worth in the face of the daunting challenges brought on by COVID-19. This program rewards educators who have demonstrated their willingness to invest in our children and our communities.

Interested applicants must first complete a survey of interest, which provides access to the online application portal. Completed applications must be submitted by April 15th. More information is available in the program booklet.

Colorado Educator Shortage Areas

Colorado Educator Shortage Survey 2021 found shortages in the following areas.

Teachers:

  • English as a second language / culturally and linguistically diverse education
  • Early childhood education
  • Specialized early childhood education
  • Mathematics education
  • Specialist in special education
  • Special education deaf and hard of hearing
  • Special education for the visually impaired
  • Languages ​​of the world

Special service providers:

  • School nurse
  • School occupational therapist
  • School physiotherapist
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker
  • School speech therapist
  • Rural educator shortage areas only
  • All teacher content / approval areas
  • All SSP areas

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