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The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment Program was established to provide student loan repayment assistance to teachers providing classroom instruction in a teacher shortage area in Minnesota. The purpose of the program is to encourage teachers to teach in Minnesota in designated shortage areas. Shortage areas include teacher licensure fields in high demand statewide, geographical regions within the state experiencing teacher shortages and teacher licensure fields in high demand within regions of the state. (See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a list of the current shortage areas).
In general, applicants must currently:
The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program Application for 2019 is closed.
The Minnesota Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program Application for 2020 will be available in August and close at the end of September.
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements will be notified if they are selected for application review in October. Those applicants will be asked to provide additional documentation to verify the information on the application by November 15th.
Awards will be disbursed in March through April 2021.
If you submitted a 2019 application and have been selected for verification, the documents below are required to complete the verification process:2019 Application Data Verification Form and Checklist
Awards for this program are not made on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Office of Higher Education adopted administrative rules addressing the criteria for how participant awards will be prioritized. If there are insufficient funds available to award all eligible applicants, applications are prioritized based on the following:
Annual awards are up to $1,000 in loan repayment assistance paid directly to selected applicants. Awardees are limited to $5,000 in total repayment assistance.