Does statute define at least one statewide scholarship or grant program to help recruit<br> teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas?

Does statute define at least one statewide scholarship or grant program to help recruit
teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas?

October 2019


Overview: Thirty-five states have at least one program, such as a scholarship or grant, in statute to recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. Additionally, 10 states have at least one program in statute to provide financial incentives to currently licensed teachers to pursue additional licensing or endorsements to teach in underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas.  

Additional Information: This collection includes scholarships, grants, stipends, tuition waivers and forgivable loans. Forgivable loan programs — also referred to as conditional loan or scholarship loan programs — are programs in which a state provides the student with a loan that is forgiven — in full or in part — subject to the student meeting certain requirements. They are unlike loan forgiveness programs, in which students take out loans that are subsequently forgiven — in full or in part — subject to meeting certain requirements.

Scholarship and grant programs are often subject to legislative appropriations.

 

Does statute define at least one statewide scholarship or grant program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas? Citations
Alabama Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Ala. Code § 16-6A-14

Alaska No. N/A
Arizona Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program and one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-1655

Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-1782

Arizona Student Financial Aid Programs
Arkansas Yes. Statute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-81-1701 et seq.

Ark. Code Ann. § 6-82-1901
California Yes. Statute defines at least one grant program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas and at least one grant program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Cal. Educ. Code § 69617

Cal. Educ. Code § 70000 et seq.
Colorado Yes. Statute defines at least one grant program to help recruit teachers to shortage area subjects, one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas, and at least two stipend programs to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 23-76-104

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 23-3.3-901

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 23-78-305

Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 22-60.5-208.5
Connecticut Yes. Statute defines at least one grant program and one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10a-19j

Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10a-168
Delaware Yes. Statute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one scholarship loan program for currently licensed teachers to obtain additional education training required to become licensed for shortage subject areas. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1108

Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1106
District of Columbia No. N/A
Florida Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers in shortage subject areas. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1009.61
Georgia No. N/A
Hawaii Yes. Staute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas and one stipend program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 304A-70

Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-707
Idaho No. N/A
Illinois Yes. Statute defines at least two scholarship programs to help recruit teachers to underserved schools, one grant program to help recruit teachers to shortage areas subjects, and four scholarship programs to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one grant program for teachers to obtain the additional educational training required to be properly certified in a shortage subject area. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 30/2-3

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/50

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/52

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/65.10

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/65.15

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/65.20

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/65.25

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/65.27

110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann 947/65.45
Indiana Yes. Statute defines at least one stipend program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Ind. Code Ann. § 21-13-7-1
Iowa Yes. Statute defines at least one grant program and one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Iowa Code Ann. § 261.110

Iowa Code Ann. § 261.111
Kansas Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 74-32,100 et seq.
Kentucky Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one forgivable loan program for currently licensed teachers or emergency certified teachers to obtain additional education training required to become licensed in shortage subject areas. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 164.769

Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 164.757
Louisiana Yes. Statute defines at least two forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3042.41 et seq.

La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3042.1 et seq.
Maine No. N/A
Maryland Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Md. Educ. Code Ann. § 18-2201 et seq.
Massachusetts Yes. Statute defines a grant program for paraprofessionals to become a certifed teacher in a shortage subject area. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 15A, § 19
Michigan No. There is no scholarship or grant program in place to recruit new teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. However, statute defines a grant program for currently licensed teachers to obtain additional educational training required to become endorsed in shortage subject areas. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 388.1897a
Minnesota Yes. Statute defines at least one grant program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. Statute also authorizes a school district's alternative pay system to include incentives for teachers to obtain additional educational training to obtain additional licensure in shortage subject areas and funding for a Grow Your Own program. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 136A.1275

Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.414
Mississippi Yes. Statute defines at least three forgivable loan programs to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one scholarship program for assistance to teachers to obtain additional education training required to become a certified teacher and intend to teach in underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-106-35

Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-106-79

Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-159-1 et seq.

Miss. Code. Ann. § 37-106-77
Missouri Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 173.232
Montana No. N/A
Nebraska Yes. Statute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 79-8,133 et seq.
Nevada No. There is no scholarship or grant program in place to recruit new teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. However, statute allows for incentives for currently licensed teachers to earn a degree or credential in a specified shortage subject. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § SB 313, § 3.5
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey No. N/A
New Mexico Yes. Statute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 21-22E-1 et seq.
New York Yes. Statute defines at least one statewide scholarship program, one teaching incentive program and one fellowship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. N.Y. Educ. Law § 605 (7, 7-a, and 8)
North Carolina Yes. Statute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. N.C. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 116-209.62
North Dakota No. N/A
Ohio Yes. Statute defines at least two scholarship programs to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3333.66

Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3315.33
Oklahoma Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 698.1
Oregon No. N/A
Pennsylvania No. N/A
Rhode Island No. N/A
South Carolina Yes. Statute defines at least two conditional loan programs to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one scholarship grant program for currently licensed teachers to obtain additional educational training for shortage subject areas. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-26-20

S.C. Code Ann. § 59-150-380
South Dakota Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. S.D. Codified Laws § 13-55-64 et seq.
Tennessee Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas and one teaching fellows program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. In addition, statute defines at least one program for currently licensed teachers to obtain additional educational training required to become certified for shortage subject areas. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-4-212

Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-4-706

Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-4-936
Texas No. N/A
Utah Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas and at least one incentive loan program to shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one scholarship program for currently licensed teachers to obtain additional education training for shortage subject areas and at least one scholarship program for paraeducators to obtain additional educational training required to become licensed in shortage subject areas. Utah Code Ann. § 53B-8-116

Utah Code Ann. § 53B-10-101

Utah Code Ann. § 53F-2-514

Utah Code Ann. § 53F-2-514

Utah Code Ann. § 53F-5-205
Vermont No. N/A
Virginia Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship loan program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-290.01

Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-290
Washington Yes. Statute defines at least two conditional scholarship/loan programs to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. In addition, statute defines at least one conditional scholarship program for paraeducators to obtain additional educational training required to become a licensed teacher in a shortage subject area and at least one program for currently licensed educators to obtain additional educational training required to become endorsed in shortage subject areas. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28B.102.0001 et seq.

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28B.15.760 et seq.
West Virginia Yes. Statute defines at least one scholarship program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18C-4-1
Wisconsin Yes. Statute defines at least one minority teacher forgivable loan program to help recruit teacher to underserved schools and shortage subject areas and one teacher forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Wis. Stat. Ann. § 39.40

Wis. Stat. Ann. § 39.399
Wyoming Yes. Statute defines at least one forgivable loan program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-7-601

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