Federal Programs and Instructional Equity

Teacher Loan Repayment

Published: 8/16/2018 8:08 AM

There are several opportunities for teachers to receive loan forgiveness or cancellation. Kentucky Department of Education’s role in teacher lo​​an repayment is to answer questions and provide information regarding the programs. For more information about any of the programs listed on this page, please consult the Loan Repayment Frequently Asked Questions. The corresponding regulatory provisions for each program can be found on the right-hand side of the page, under Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

It is important to note that a student loan borrower's forgiveness program may not be binding in some circumstances and could be rescinded.

Teacher Loan Forgiveness

Teacher Loan Forgiveness was designed as an incentive to enter and continue in the teaching profession and provides loan reimbursement once a teacher has completed five consecutive, full-time years of service at a qualifying low-income elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency. The Teacher Loan Forgiveness program pays a $5,000 - $17,500, one-time only reward towards Federal Stafford loans. For more details on the requirements and eligibility visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Schools serving over 30% low-income families qualify as low-income. For a list of low-income schools, please visit the Teacher Cancellation Low-Income School Directory (TCLI). Search the state and the year the teaching service began. The list for the current school year will be entered into the federal database in April; the most up-to-date list may be from the previous school year.

If the school is not included in the TCLI for the specified year, the school administrator can complete the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Survey for KDE approval. This form will not be accepted unless it is completed/verified by a school or district administrator. After the form has been reviewed, the administrator will receive an email notification that the school has been added to TCLI.

Once a teacher has completed the five years of service, the applicant must submit a Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application to their loan service provider for approval. The current application lists an expiration date of July 31, 2017. Federal Student Aid has stated that this form will remain valid for use until the revised form has been approved and implemented. 

Teacher Loan Cancellation

A teacher with a loan from the Federal Perkins Loan Program, teaching at a qualifying low-income school or in certain subject areas can qualify for loan cancellation. Up to 100% of the loan may be cancelled for teaching service. 15% is canceled for the first and second years of service, 20% is canceled for the third and fourth years of service, and 30% is canceled for the fifth year of service.

TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to students if they agree to teach in a "high need field" for four complete academic years at qualifying low-income schools. A "high need field" includes academic disciplines/subject areas identified as teacher shortage areas at the time the grant recipient begins teaching in that field. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) releases a Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing annually. For a complete list of high need fields in Kentucky, please consult the Critical Shortage Instructional Areas and Subjects released by KDE. Unlike loan forgiveness and cancellation, the TEACH Grant is handled by participating colleges and universities. For a list of participating Kentucky colleges and contact information, please consult the TEACH Grant Contact Sheet. Questions about the TEACH Grant should be directed to the individual listed on the contact sheet.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) began in October 2007 and is available for individuals who work full-time for the government or nonprofit organizations for at least ten years and have made 120 on-time payments under an eligible repayment plan after October 2007. After making the 120th qualifying monthly payment, borrowers must submit the PSLF application to receive loan forgiveness. For more information on PSLF, please review Federal Student Aid's PSLF Questions and Answers Page.

Any loan received under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program qualifies for forgiveness. Although other federal student loan programs, such as the Perkins Loan Program, do not qualify, they can be consolidated into a Direct Consolidation Loan in order to become eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. To determine if your employment is eligible for PSLF, it is recommended that you complete the Employment Certification for Public Service Forgiveness Loan Forgiveness form annually or whenever you change jobs. The form should be submitted to FedLoan Servicing.


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Erin Sudduth
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Consolidated Plans and Audits
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-3791
Fax (502) 564-8149
erin.sudduth@education.ky.gov
 

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