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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 license shortage areas and rural school districts. (See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for a list of the current shortage areas and rural school districts).
In general, applicants must currently:
The application for the 2023 Minnesota Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment Program is now closed.
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 17th.
If you submitted a 2023 application and have been selected for verification, the documentation below are required to complete the verification process.
Awards will be disbursed in spring 2024.
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:
Funds are very limited to this program compared to the number of eligible applicants. Selected applicants receive an award up to $1,000 in loan repayment assistance paid directly to them. Awardees are limited to $5,000 in total repayment assistance.