Financial Aid

Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications Available for North Dakota Teachers

Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications are available beginning April 1, 2012.  The application deadline is June 30, 2012.

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program is aimed at retaining elementary and secondary teachers in North Dakota.  Student loan indeptedness will be reduced by $1,000 per year up to a maximum of three years for teachers who work at a grade level or in a content identified as a teacher shortage area by the North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Eligibility begins after completion of one year of teaching in North Dakota, but teachers may have earned their degrees in other states. 

The 18 identified shortage areas in North Dakota for academic year 2011-12 are:

Agricultural Education


Business and Office Technology/Business Education

Career Clusters

English as a Second Language (ESL)

English/Language Arts

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health Careers

Information Technology

Languages/Native American Languages

Marketing Education



Physical Education


Social Studies

Technology Education (Industrial Arts)

Trade and Industrial Education

The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program was approved by the North Dakota Legislature during the 2001 Legislative Session.  Additional information and the loan application form are available on the NDUS website at  To access this information, click here to go to Students/PayingforCollege/NorthDakotaGrants&Scholarships.

Applications can also be obtained by calling the NDUS Office at 701.328.2960 or by writing to 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept. 215, Bismarck, ND, 58505-0230.

Funded applicants will be notified prior to July 30, 2012.

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