Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program
Through HB 211, the 2019 Montana legislature renewed the quality educator loan assistance program as a recruitment and retention aid for rural schools. The OPI is responsible for administering the program.
Newly hired quality educators who teach or work in a subject that has been identified as a “critical quality educator shortage area” at an “impacted school” are eligible to receive state paid loan assistance for up to four years, so long as they remain a full time employee at an impacted school.
The bill appropriated $500,000 per year for the program. If qualified allocations exceed this amount, the repayment assistance payments will be prorated accordingly.
See the Quality Educator Loan Assistance FAQs for information on the criteria, applying, the list of impacted schools, and quality educator shortage areas.