State Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program
The Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program (TSLFP) was designed to help recruit and retain qualified teachers. The program provides an opportunity for school districts to apply for vacant positions or positions that have already been filled by contracted teachers in critical need or shortage areas in which teachers hired may receive teacher loan forgiveness. Teachers who are contracted and fill the approved positions may receive teacher loan forgiveness. This program will reduce loan indebtedness for individuals teaching in North Dakota at grade levels, content areas, and geographical locations identified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as having a teacher shortage or critical need.
Additional information on this program will be posted as it becomes available.
Laws and Regulations
TSLFP Supporting Documents
Federal Teacher Cancellation Low Income (TCLI) Loan Forgiveness
Loan forgiveness programs are processed through the entity that holds your loan. For specific questions regarding eligibility for teacher loan forgiveness, you must contact your loan holder. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) does NOT process, approve or deny the loan forgiveness application.
The NDDPI is responsible for compiling the list of schools that are eligible for Title I and have a free and reduced lunch percentage of 30.1% or higher. Teachers employed with school buildings that have a high enough percentage of poverty (30.1%) are eligible for loan forgiveness for one year. This data is uploaded to the Teacher Cancellation Low Income (TCLI) website annually.
The Perkins and Stafford Loan Cancellation for Service in Low-Income Schools list will indicate school eligibility for teacher loan forgiveness. Please remember to use the School District's name when filling in the "location" category. The search is by School District, not by city.
Once you have determined your school is on the list for loan forgiveness, download the loan application or request one from your loan holder.
If your school has been omitted from the list and you think it should be on the list based on the requirements (eligible for Title I and free and reduced lunch percentage of 30.1 or more), please contact Shauna Greff or (701) 328-2958.
TCLI Supporting Documents