High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program

  • HS 1 for HB 346 as amended by HA2 creates the High Needs Educator Student Loan Payment Program, which would improve educational outcomes for students by working to retain educators of critical importance to students.  Under this program, educators who work in certification areas in which Delaware has a shortage and educators working in Delaware’s highest need schools are eligible for student loan repayments.

    Eligibility: You are eligible if you have a qualified student loan and you teach in a high needs school and/or a high needs subject area:

    High Needs Schools:

    District Name School Name
    Academia Antonia Alonso Academia Antonia Alonso
    Brandywine School District Harlan (David W.) Elementary
    Capital School District East Dover Elementary
    Capital School District Kent County Secondary ILC
    Capital School District William Henry Middle School
    Charter School of New Castle Charter School of New Castle
    Christina School District Bancroft Elementary School
    Christina School District Bayard Middle School
    Christina School District Brookside Elementary School
    Christina School District Christiana High School
    Christina School District Douglass School
    Christina School District Elbert-Palmer Elementary School
    Christina School District Glasgow High School
    Christina School District Oberle (William) Elementary School
    Christina School District Pulaski (Casimir) Elementary School
    Christina School District Stubbs (Frederick Douglass) Elementary School
    Colonial School District Eisenberg (Harry O.) Elementary School
    Colonial School District McCullough (Calvin R.) Middle School
    Colonial School District New Castle Elementary School
    Colonial School District The Wallace Wallin School
    Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School Edison (Thomas A.) Charter School
    East Side Charter School East Side Elementary
    Great Oaks Charter School Great Oaks Charter School
    Indian River School District Clayton (John M.) Elementary School
    Indian River School District Georgetown Elementary School
    Indian River School District Georgetown Middle School
    Kuumba Academy Charter School Kuumba Academy Charter School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Baltz (Austin D.) Elementary School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District duPont (Alexis I.) Middle School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Highlands Elementary School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Lewis (William C.) Dual Language Elementary School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District McKean (Thomas) High School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Mote (Anna P.) Elementary School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Richardson Park Elementary School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Shortlidge (Evan G.) Academy
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Stanton Middle School
    Red Clay Consolidated School District Warner Elementary School
    Seaford School District Frederick Douglass Elementary School
    Seaford School District Seaford Senior High School
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    High Needs Subject Areas:

    Subject Area Certifications
    Bilingual 1561 Bilingual Teacher
    English Language Learner 1562 Teacher of English Learners
    World Languages 1565 World Language Teacher
    Math 1532 Middle Level Mathematics Teacher
    1542 Secondary Mathematics Teacher
    Science 1533 Middle Level Science Teacher
    1543 Secondary Science Teacher
    Special Education (All Areas) 1570 Early Childhood Exceptional Children Special Education Teacher
    1571 Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities
    1573 Teacher of Students with Autism or with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
    1574 Teacher of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
    1575 Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments
    Business Education 1551 Business Education Teacher
    Agriscience Education 1550 AgriScience Teacher
    Family Consumer Science 1554 Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
    School Nurse 1582 School Nurse
    Library Media Specialist 1580 School Library Media Specialist
    English 1531 Middle Level English Language Arts Teacher
    1540 Secondary English Language Arts Teacher
    Immersion (Elementary/World language) 1521 Elementary Teachers (only if seeking Immersion position with demonstrated language proficiency).
    Technology Education 1557 Technology Education Teacher
    Speech and Hearing Therapist
    School Psychologist
     
    DSCYF Facilities  

    Funding: Educators are eligible for between $1,000 and $2,000 of student loan repayments annually, for up to five years. Loan repayment will be sent directly to the educators student loan provider.  Efforts will be made to try to ensure each applicant receives repayments, however if more applicants apply than can receive repayments, the Department will prioritize those teaching in both a high needs school and high needs subject are first.  Payments are subject to taxation, which will be amortized over the course of each applicant’s paycheck.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    • What is the funding level for this program?

    - For the 2019-2020 academic year there is $700,000 available for this year to make student loan payments on behalf of eligible teachers

    • Is this program different from the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program?

    - Yes, this program is separate from the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness program

    • Is there a minimum number of teaching years experience needed to apply for this program?

    - You must have been employed for at least one school year in a high needs school and/or a high needs subject area and received a rating of at least "effective" on your most recent summative evaluation

    • Am I eligible to apply if I teach on an emergency certificate?

    -No, you must be teaching on a standard certificate to be eligible

    Contact: If you have additional questions about the program, please contact the Delaware Higher Education Office at 302-735-4120 or dheo@doe.k12.de.us

    Information that will be helpful to have before you begin the online application

    • Your PHRST Employee ID number, this can be found on your paycheck
    • Your Adjusted Gross Income from the most-recent tax year
    • The total dollar amount of your outstanding student loans
    • The name of your student loan lender (If you have multiple lenders, the name of the lender that you would be requesting payment be sent to)

    APPLICATION:

    The 2019-2020 application will open on September 1, 2019 and will close at 4:30 PM on October 1, 2019

    2019-2020 Application

     

    Timeline:

    • September 1, 2019 – applications are live and can be accessed on this website
    • 4:30 PM October 1, 2019 – application will close
    • December 2019 – announcement of recipients
    • January 2020 – loan repayments made
Last Modified on August 29, 2019