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Minnesota Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program


If you are going to apply for this program, you will be asked if you have read this page before you can apply.

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).

Who is Eligible to Apply?

In general, applicants must currently:

  • Hold a teaching license issued by the licensing division in the Minnesota Department of Education on behalf of the Board of Teaching
  • Be employed by a school district to provide classroom instruction
  • Teach in a designated teacher shortage area (see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a list of the current shortage areas); and
  • Have outstanding qualified educational loan debt

What's the Application Process?

The 2017 application is now closed.

The 2018 application will be available in April of 2018.

Applicants who meet the general eligibility requirements are notified if they are selected for application review. Those applicants must provide additional documentation to verify the information on the application.

Please complete the below documents ONLY if you have received notice from the Office of Higher Education:

  1. Application Verification Form
    Please print, carefully read, and complete this form. Additional tax and student loan information must accompany this form upon submission.
  2. W-9
    The W-9 form is required for any applicant eligible to receive an award payment. Please print, carefully read, complete, and submit this form with the Application Verification Form. If you received an award during a prior year and information has not changed, you do not need to resubmit the form.

What's the Selection Process?

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:

  • Financial need of an applicant, considering the applicant's income, household size, and total qualified educational loan debt; and
  • Previous awards to the applicant from the teacher shortage loan repayment program; and
  • Employment location and licensure field in which applicant is currently providing classroom instruction.

Teacher Shortage Student Loan Repayment rules

How much money can you get?

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.

View Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about this program.

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