Quality Educator Loan Assistance (QELA) Program
Through HB 211, the 2019 Montana legislature renewed the quality educator loan assistance program as a recruitment and retention aid for rural schools. SB 70 expanded eligibility and limited the total amount of funding for the program. The OPI is responsible for administering the program.
Newly hired quality educators who teach or work at an “impacted school” are eligible to receive state paid loan assistance for up to three years, so long as they remain a full-time employee at an impacted school. A fourth year of loan repayment assistance may be available through the local impacted school or district.
The application link on this page will become active mid-February. All applications must be received through the application link, with complete documentation as required, by April 15, 2024. Please note that approvals and payments will not be processed until the review process is complete for all applications, between June 15 and June 30, 2024. Letters to applicants will be sent at that time. Please check back for updates. If there are any changes to this program, the changes will be posted here.
For information about Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program email OPILoanAssistance@mt.gov.