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

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

October 2019


Overview: Nineteen states have a financial incentive program — such as loan forgiveness, loan repayment, loan cancellation or tuition reimbursement programs — in statute to recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas.  

Additional Information: Loan forgiveness, loan repayment or loan cancellation programs are programs in which students take out loans that are subsequently forgiven — in full or in part — subject to meeting certain requirements. They are unlike forgivable loan, conditional loan or scholarship loan programs, in which the state provides the student with a loan that is forgiven — in full or in part — subject to meeting certain requirements. Similarly, tuition reimbursement programs require students to cover tuition costs, but the student is reimbursed — in full or in part — subject to the student meeting certain requirements. 

Loan forgiveness programs are often subject to legislative appropriations. 
 

Does statute define at least one statewide loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas? Citations
Alabama Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Ala. Code § 16-5-50 et seq.
Alaska Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.43.600 et seq.
Arizona No. N/A
Arkansas Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. Ark. Code Ann. § 6-81-1601 et seq.
California Yes. Statute defines at least one loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Cal. Educ. Code § 69612 et seq.
Colorado Yes. Statute defines at least one loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. C.R.S.A. § 23-3.9-100.2 et seq.
Connecticut Yes. Statute defines at least one tuition reimbursement program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10a-19j
Delaware Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to teachers to underserved schoolas and/or shortage subject areas. Del. Code Ann. tit. 14, § 1101A et seq.
District of Columbia No. N/A
Florida No. N/A
Georgia No. N/A
Hawaii No. N/A
Idaho No. N/A
Illinois Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. 110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 947/65.56
Indiana No. N/A
Iowa Yes. Statute defines at least one loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to shortage subject areas. In addition, statute authorizes grants for schools that can be used towards professional development or tuition reimbursement for currently licensed teachers to obtain additional educational training required to become endorsed in computer science. Iowa Code Ann. § 261.112

Iowa Code Ann. § 284.6A
Kansas No. N/A
Kentucky No. N/A
Louisiana No. N/A
Maine Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 20-A, § 12501 et seq.
Maryland Yes. Statute defines at least one loan assistance repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. In addition, statute defines a loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to a specific county in Maryland. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 18-1502

Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 18-3402
Massachusetts No. Statute does not define a statewide loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. However, statute defines a loan repayment program in which the board of education may limit the program to apply to teachers in designated school districts. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 15A, § 19A
Michigan No. N/A
Minnesota Yes. Statute defines at least one loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 136A.1791
Mississippi No. N/A
Missouri No. N/A
Montana Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject ares. Mont. Code Ann. § 20-4-501
Nebraska No. N/A
Nevada No. Statute does not define a statewide loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. However, statute allows for tuition reimbursement for teachers who receive an endorsement in a specified shortage subject area. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § SB 313, § 2
New Hampshire No. N/A
New Jersey No. N/A
New Mexico Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. N.M. Stat. Ann. § 21-22H-1 et seq.
New York No. N/A
North Carolina No. N/A
North Dakota No. N/A
Ohio No. N/A
Oklahoma Yes. Statute defines at least one loan repayment program to help recruite teachers to shortage subject areas. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 70, § 698.3
Oregon No. N/A
Pennsylvania Yes. Statute defines at least two loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools. 24 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 5191 et seq.

24 Pa. Stat. Ann. § 26-2601-I et seq.
Rhode Island No. N/A
South Carolina No. N/A
South Dakota No. N/A
Tennessee No. N/A
Texas Yes. Statute defines at least two loan repayment assistance programs to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas and another loan repayment assistance program to help recruit teachers to specific shortage subject areas. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 61.702

Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 61.9831 et seq.

Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 56.351 et seq.
Utah No. N/A
Vermont Yes. Statute defines at least one loan cancellation program to help recruit teacher to shortage subject areas. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 2869
Virginia No. N/A
Washington No. N/A
West Virginia Yes. Statute defines at least one loan forgiveness program to help recruit teachers to underserved schools and/or shortage subject areas. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18C-4A-1 et seq.
Wisconsin No. N/A
Wyoming No. N/A

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