Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness

 

Thank you for your interest in the Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Program!

 

What is the Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Program?

In 2019, Colorado legislators passed Senate Bill 19-003 to address Colorado’s educator shortages by providing loan forgiveness to educators. The law authorizes CDHE to offer loan repayment assistance on qualified loans for educators, mainly for those who serve in rural and hard-to-fill positions in Colorado.

Those who qualify are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness for a given year. The program is currently funded for five years. For those individuals who continue to qualify, they may apply every year of the program for up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually. With limited funds available, not every educator who applies will receive loan forgiveness.

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History of the Program

In 2019-2020 CDHE launched the first application cycle and after receiving applications had funding paused as state budgets were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in no loan forgiveness awards for that cycle. 

 

Current Program

The 2021 Program Application is NOW CLOSED. Award letters for this cycle will be sent out by May 15, 2022. 

Booklet

The 2021-2022 fiscal year will be the first year the program distributes loan forgiveness. 

The application will be reopened for the second cycle of this program December 15, 2022.

How to Apply

The first step in the process is to submit an initial interest survey.

The link to the more detailed part of the application will then be emailed to you within 48 hours from our vendor – tuition.io.

For technical assistance, including password resets, please contact: EdLoanForgiveness@tuition.io

Timeline

The Department opened the 2021 application on December 15, 2021and closed it April 15, 2022. Funds will start to be distributed in July 2022.

Who Can Apply?

Program qualifications are as follows:

  • Must currently work in a Colorado public school (preK-12) for the 2021-2022 school year (this includes BOCES and facility schools) as a teacher, administrator, or special service provider
  • Must work in an approved rural school/district or work in a content-shortage area in a non-rural school/district
  • Must hold a current teaching or special service provider license valid in the state of Colorado
  • Student loans must have been incurred during completion of an educator preparation program or from a higher education degree    
  • First preference will be given to applicants in approved rural schools/districts, followed by applicants in content-shortage area in non-rural schools/districts

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Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in the Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Informational Booklet.

If you have any additional questions about the program or you find a link on this page is broken, please contact:

EdLoanForgiveness@dhe.state.co.us

For technical assistance with the application, please contact:

EdLoanForgiveness@tuition.io

 

Additional Educator Funding Resources

Colorado Center for Rural Education: For information about stipends available to rural educators, please see the Colorado Center for Rural Education’s website: https://www.unco.edu/colorado-center-for-rural-education/stipends/. Stipends are available for rural student teachers, in-service educators, alternative licensure candidates, National Board certification candidates, and/or substitute teachers.

Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs for Educators: There are 4 Federal Loan Forgiveness programs for educators. Please see the following website for more information: https://studentaid.gov/articles/teacher-loan-forgiveness-options/.                                                                  

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