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.
The Office of Public Instruction has updated the process for Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program applications. The application process will be open from February 13, 2023 through April 14, 2023. Use the application link to complete an application and upload required documents. Please note that approvals and payments will not be processed until the review process is complete for all applications. Expect payment to be sent out after June 1, 2023. Letters to applicants will be sent at the same 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.