Loan Forgiveness Program
The Loan Forgiveness Program offers New York State certified classroom teachers and school based pedagogic clinicians working in specified shortage areas and bilingual education, the opportunity to have student loans repaid. This program serves to increase the number of licensed personnel serving in the New York City public schools in the following critical shortage area disciplines:
- Bilingual Special Education
- Bilingual School Counselor
- Bilingual School Psychology
- Bilingual School Social Worker
- Visually Impaired (monolingual and bilingual)
Speech Language Pathology (monolingual and bilingual)
Note: Speech Language Pathology applicants must secure employment in a New York City Public School in one of the following school districts:
· Manhattan District 6
· Bronx Districts 7, 9, 10 and 12
· Brooklyn Districts 13, 16, 17, 19 and 23
· Queens Districts 27, 28 and 29
· District 75 Citywide Services (District 75 has no geographic jurisdiction)
The list of eligible districts for Speech Language Pathologist is subject to change annually and is determined by the New York City Department of Education.
The following types of loans are considered approved sources:
- Perkins Loan Program (formerly National Direct Student Loan)
- Stafford Student Loan Programs (Guaranteed Student Loan)
- Supplemental Loans for Students (Auxiliary Loans to Assist Students)
- Health Professions Student Loans/Nursing Student Loans
- Health Education Assistance Loans
- Bank Loans for Educational Purposes
- Possession of an appropriate New York State initial or provisional certificate corresponding to one of the above shortage areas. Bilingual areas require possession of a bilingual extension to the certificate. If the applicant has not yet received the actual certificate or extension, an official letter from the college/university indicating that they have satisfactorily completed a state approved education program.
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
- Awardees must not have benefited from or participated in any other incentive programs administered by the Department of Education (i.e., Scholarship Program, Teachers of Tomorrow, Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Special Education (ITI-BSE), New York City Teaching Fellows, Teach for America, I-Start, New Visions Urban Teacher Residency Program, Success Via Apprenticeship, Math for America, etc.).
- Current or past Department of Education pedagogical or clinical employees are not eligible to participate in this program.
Eligibility is for a period of six (6) consecutive years. To maintain eligibility, participants must complete ten (10) months of satisfactory public school service in the assigned discipline or twelve (12) months of service, if assigned to a special education school. For each year completed satisfactorily, the employee will receive repayment of their approved student loans of 1/6th or their entire student loan, or $4,000 per year (maximum $24,000) whichever is less.
Implementation of the Loan Forgiveness Program is contingent upon the availability of resources and the staffing needs of the NYC Department of Education. If you require further information, please call the Office of Scholarship and Incentive Programs at (718) 935-2449. We look forward to receiving your application.
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 923, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at http://schools.nyc.gov/OEO