Colorado Announces ‘Educator Loan Forgiveness’ Program

PAGOSA DAILY POST

The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is now accepting applications for its educator loan forgiveness program, which will grant up to $5,000 annually for five years to educators currently serving rural districts or teaching in hard-to-fill positions.

To qualify, teachers and principals must have graduated from an approved Colorado educator preparation program, while special services providers (SSP) must have completed an accredited program of study in their current endorsement area. SSPs include school nurses, physical therapists, psychologists and social workers.

“As a former high school teacher and administrator, I know how hard educators work to foster positive learning environments for all students,” said CDHE executive director Dr. Angie Paccione. “This program changes the calculus for current and aspiring educators so more choose to serve and stay in our classrooms.”

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