Ed Department approves TEA’s teacher shortage areas; loan forgiveness information

The US Department of Education has approved the state-level shortage areas that help administrators support the recruitment and retention of qualified teachers. The approved areas for the 2020-2021 school year are: Bilingual/English as a Second Language, Elementary and Secondary Levels; Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Levels; Career and Technical Education, Secondary Levels; Technology Applications and Computer Science, Elementary and Secondary Levels; and Mathematics, Secondary Levels.

Loan Forgiveness Information
Federal, state, and public service loan forgiveness programs are available to teachers. All school personnel can take advantage of the public service program. Information can be found on the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness page on the TEA website.

Additional loan forgiveness options, including loan forgiveness for educators who are not classroom teachers, are found on the Student Loan Forgiveness for Teachers page on the TEA website. Additional loan forgiveness programs may or may not be affected by Texas shortage area designations.

For additional information about teacher loan forgiveness, please email the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Team.