Financial Aid

Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness for K-12 Teachers in North Dakota


News Release:  March 13, 2013


For More Information Contact:


North Dakota University System:

Phone:  701.224.2541

E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Applications Available


BISMARCK, N.D. – Applications for a teacher incentive program aimed at retaining elementary and secondary teachers will be accepted by the North Dakota University System Office beginning April 1, 2013.


The application deadline is June 30, 2013.


The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program will reduce student loan indebtedness by $1,000 per year up to a maximum of three years for teachers who work in a content area identified as a teacher shortage area by the 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 16 defined shortage areas for academic year 2012 - 13 are:

1.                 Art

2.                 Business and office technology/business education

3.                 Career clusters

4.                 English as a second language

5.                 English language arts

6.                 Family and consumer sciences

7.                 Health careers

8.                 Information technology

9.                 Languages/Native American languages

10.              Marketing education

11.              Mathematics

12.              Music

13.              Science

14.              Social studies

15.              Special education programing

16.              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 application form are available on the NDUS website at To access this information, click on Students/Paying for College/North Dakota Grants & Scholarships.


Applications also may be obtained by calling the NDUS Office at 701.224.2541 or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


Applicants will be notified prior to July 30, 2013.



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