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. 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.
Applications are accepted from Feb 1 through March 31.
For information about Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program email OPILoanAssistance@mt.gov.