Juneau Announces Teaching Fields Eligible for Student Loan Repayment Assistance


Thursday, November 19, 2009
by Jessica Rhoades
406.444.3160

Superintendent Juneau Announces Teaching Fields Eligible for Student Loan Repayment Assistance

HELENA, Mont. –– The Montana Board of Public Education has adopted recommendations from the Office of Public Instruction identifying 10 education fields facing critical teacher shortages in Montana. Teachers who work in schools that are impacted by educator shortages in the identified fields will be eligible for up to $3,000 in student loan assistance for up to four years. The program is targeted at schools facing rural isolation, economic disadvantage, and low student achievement.

"Identifying these shortage areas helps us recruit the right people for the right places," said Denise Juneau, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction. "It is important that we do what we can to keep great teachers here in Montana so they can inspire our young leaders and help build a brighter future."

To qualify for loan assistance an educator must be:
  • A full–time educator holding a valid educator license with an endorsement in an impacted subject area or a licensed professional providing services to students in a school district, an education cooperative, the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, the Montana Youth Challenge Program or a state youth correctional facility.
  • Teaching in an impacted school. These schools tend to be rural and isolated, have a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students, and/or have greater challenges in closing the achievement gap. A list of qualifying schools is available at: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/Supt/Impacted_School_Score.pdf
  • Teaching in an impacted academic area. These areas are Career and Technical Education, Music, Special Education, Mathematics, Speech/Language Pathologist, Science, World Languages, School Counselor, Library Media, and Art.
The Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program is administered by the Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program, a division of the Commissioner’s Office of Higher Education. Questions regarding the program and application process may be directed to Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program at 800–537–7508.

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Jessica Rhoades
Communications Director
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Montana Office of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau, Superintendent

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