Thousands applied to new educator loan forgiveness program

By Erica Breunlin

THE COLORADO SUN

Cañon City Schools social worker Shantell Lynch considers herself lucky that 15 years after she earned her master’s degree, she has only $35,000 in student loans left to pay off. Some of her colleagues are carrying as much as $100,000 in education debt.

Still, it’s a heavy weight for Lynch, 51, who became an educator after a career in the prison system.

“Unless I win the lottery, I could see myself paying it until the day I die,” she said.

She’s hopeful she’ll be able to pay her debt off faster through a new educator loan forgiveness program operated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education could help — though competition to receive funding from the program is high.

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