ECE Educator Loan Forgiveness

The ECE Educator Loan Forgiveness program is for ECE Educators to receive loan forgiveness. The Round 2 application is now closed.

Round 2 applications are closed. The Round 3 application link will be open in late spring 2023.

Financial Wellness Support (including help navigating the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, counseling to find the best student loan repayment strategy for your situation and more) may be available free of charge for applicants through  

For application instructions and a checklist of information you will need to complete your online application, please click here. Fillable Employment Verification PDF can be found here.

Fill out your application here.

For FAQ, please read the informational booklet in English or in Spanish

Program Flyer / Program Flyer-Spanish

Who Qualifies

  • Birth through five ECE Educators can qualify for up to $5,000 annually
    • "ECE Educators" include: ECE Teachers, ECE Special Service Providers, ECE Directors, Floaters, Assistant Teachers and Paraprofessionals (who may or may not have educator licensure).
  • ECE Educators must be currently employed full-time in a licensed childcare program.
  • Priority will be given to qualified applicants in childcare deserts and bilingual professionals early in their career. (A childcare desert is any census tract with more than 50 children under age 5 that contains either no childcare providers or so few options that there are more than three times as many children as licensed child care slots. You can view a map here to see if the county you primarily work in is considered a childcare desert. All infant/toddler programs in Colorado are considered childcare deserts.)
  • Educators must register or already be registered with PDIS (FREE) on the Colorado Shines website.
  • Only applicants with Federal Student Loans in their name qualify (check to see if you have qualifying loans here.) 

Additional Educator Loan Forgiveness Resources

Please click here for information and updates about other external loan forgiveness opportunities for educators through the federal government, etc.


For program and eligibility questions:

Application technical questions (passwords, sign-in issues, etc.):


Informational Flipbook for ECE Loan Forgiveness Program - English


Informational Flipbook for ECE Loan Forgiveness- Spanish