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 FAQ's for information on the criteria, applying, the list of impacted schools, and quality educator shortage areas. 








National Board Teacher Stipend Program

Montana provides a state stipend to teachers who receive National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).  The current program was enacted into law by the 2017 Montana legislature. 

Since the legislation was partially aimed at helping the recruitment and retention of teachers at impacted schools, the stipend amount is higher for teachers at schools with critical educator shortages and those schools who qualify for school wide free and reduced lunch. 

The educator shortage report will be released in November 2019.

The Teacher Stipend Program with School Accounting Guidance provides a detailed explanation of the statute and Montana's National Board Certification program.

Additional Resources



Have questions?

For information about National Board Teacher Stipened Program contact Whitney Williams, 406-444-3408

For information about Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program contact Destiny Sjoden, 406-444-3680

Jay Phillips, 406-444-4523