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Educator Funding Opportunities

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Aspiring Educator Funding Opportunities

Teacher/School Counselor Student Educator Stipends & Test Stipends

The purpose of the stipends is to remove financial burdens for teacher and school counselor candidates so they can participate in deep clinical experiences under the direct supervision of a mentor prior to taking on licensure and the position. Read more.

ECE 101 /103 Class Stipends

Speak to your school's Financial Aid Department to see if you qualify to enroll in ECE 1011 and/or 1031 classes (or the school's equivalent). Qualifying students can be reimbursed for these classes. This is a recruitment program to grow our ECE teacher workforce in Colorado. Funding will be available through spring of 2024. Read more.

Colorado Rural Student Teaching Stipend

This stipend is available to pre-service teachers who will be completing their final student teaching experience in a rural school district and commit to teaching in a rural district after completion. Read more.

Colorado Rural Teaching Fellowship

The Fellowship is available to pre-service teacher candidates who complete a year-long clinical experience in a rural school during the final year of their teacher preparation program. Read more.

TEACH Colorado

Free information on teacher preparation programs; 1:1 licensure coaching from current educators; application fee reimbursements; scholarships and testing, resume, and cover letter guides. Variable scholarships and application fee reimbursements for subscribers. Read more.

Educator Recruitment and Retention Program

Educator candidates committing to teach in a rural district for 3 years can receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance toward their educator preparation program tuition. Read more.

AmeriCorps Tutors

Providing a variable living stipend. Become a Project Serve AmeriCorps volunteer to serve as a reading or math tutor in Colorado. Tutoring often can lead to being prepared as a licensed educator. If you become a member, you can learn more about using your tutoring service to help become a licensed educator. Read more.

Educator Funding Opportunities

ECE Educator Loan Forgiveness - Application Closed

The focus is full-time Early Childhood Educators in Colorado early in their careers. Awardees may receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness. With limited funds available not everyone will receive an award. Application is Closed. To learn more about the ECE programs click here.

Temporary Educator Loan Forgiveness - Program is Closed


For K-12  Educators, Principals and Special Service Providers working and living in Colorado established through HB22-1220 and expanded through HB23-1001. Priority will be given to applicants working in a rural district/school or in a content shortage area. Applicants will be eligible for up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually.  Read more.

ECE Educator Scholarships

Speak to your school's Early Childhood Education Department to see if you could qualify for funds towards your certificate or degree completion. Funds allocated to and distributed by individual public Colorado Institutes of Higher Education. Read more.

Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness - Application will open Spring 2025

Focus on licensed rural K-12 educators, admins and SSPs who have been teaching the longest. Up to $5K in loan forgiveness annually for up to 5 years. The application will open Spring 2025 Read more.

Colorado Educator & Alternative Licensure Candidates Serving Rural Districts - Stipends

CDHE and the Colorado Center for Rural Education encourage talented educators and alternative licensure candidates to apply for the following stipends. Read more.

Special Service Provider Stipend

This stipend is available to talented individuals interested in Special Services Provider employment in rural or small rural schools in Colorado. Read more.

Rural In-Service Educator Stipend

This stipend is available to in-service educators in rural Colorado school districts. Read more.

National Board Certified Teacher Stipend

This stipend is available to K-12 educators pursuing National Board Teacher Certification (NBCT) in rural Colorado school districts. In an effort to address teacher shortages in the state, the Colorado Department of Higher Education is responsible for leading the work to recruit and retain teachers in rural areas. National Board Certification is an opportunity to retain excellent in-service teachers by honoring the hard work that teachers do to become certified and act as leaders in their field. Read more.

NBCT Stipends: Selected members of a Colorado Rural National Board cohort can receive a $3,975 stiped as they receive support and mentorship from NBCT facilitators. The value of the stipend covers (a) enrolling with the National Board; (b) registering for each of the four components of the NB portfolio; and (c) participating in the Rural National Board Cohort. For more information, visit the Colorado Center for Rural Education or contact Robert Fulton, state coordinator for the Colorado Center for Rural Education.

Colorado Substitute Stipend

This $300 stipend is for individuals with a 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, or 2020-2021 Substitute Authorization may qualify for the stipend after meeting the some simple eligibility requirements. Read more.