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 could take these classes (or equivalent) for FREE. This is a recruitment program to grow our ECE teacher workforce in Colorado. Program will be available until all funds are exhausted. 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 now CLOSED
Focus on full-time Early Childhood Educators early in their careers. May receive up to $5K in loan forgiveness annually. With limited funds, not everyone will receive an award. The application will re-open April 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023. Read More.
- Temporary Educator Loan Forgiveness - Application now CLOSED
For K-12 Licensed Educators & Counselors working and living in Colorado established through HB22-1220. Priority will be given to applicants early in their career and working in rural Colorado (or) in a content-shortage area anywhere in Colorado. Applicants will be eligible for up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually. The application will re-open April 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023. 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 is NOW OPEN
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 re-open November 4, 2022 - January 15, 2023. 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 Valerie Sherman, rural education 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.