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Teacher loan forgiveness program available

Applications for a teacher incentive program aimed at retaining elementary and secondary teachers are being accepted by the North Dakota University System. The application deadline is June 30.

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program reduces student loan indebtedness by $1,000 per year up to a maximum of three years for teachers who work in a content area identified as a teacher shortage area by the superintendent of public instruction. Eligibility begins after completion of one year of full-time teaching in North Dakota, but teachers may have earned their degrees in other states.

The defined shortage areas for academic year 2013-2014 are:

* agriculture education

* art

* business and office technology/business education

* career clusters

* computer education

* English as a Second Language

* English language arts

* family and consumer science

* health careers

* information technology

* languages/Native American languages

* marketing education

* mathematics

* music

* science

* social studies

* special education programming

* technology education (industrial arts)

* trade and industrial education

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program was approved by the North Dakota Legislature during the 2001 Legislative Session. Additional information and the application form are available on the NDUS website at students/paying-for-college. To access this information, click on North Dakota Grants & Scholarships.

Applications also may be obtained by calling the NDUS Office at (701) 224-2541 or by emailing ndfinaid@

Applicants will be notified prior to July 30.