During the 2022 legislative session, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 22-1220 to address Colorado’s educator shortages by helping remove barriers to educator preparation. The law authorizes CDHE to offer loan repayment assistance on qualified loans for licensed K-12 Colorado educators and counselors, mainly for those early in their careers who serve in rural and hard-to-fill positions in Colorado.
Those who qualify can receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness for a given year. The program is funded for two years. Individuals who continue to qualify may apply every year of the program for up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually.
Application Now Closed
The 2022 program application was open through September 15, 2022. The first monthly payments to awardees will begin in August 2022. The next application round will be open from April 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023.
Want to be informed whenever the application re-opens for a subsequent round? Get on the contact list here.
- Who Can Apply
- Must be a Colorado state licensed educator or counselor currently employed in a K-12 Colorado school
- Must work in an approved rural school/district (or) work in a content-shortage area in a non-rural school/district
- You may have completed your training outside of Colorado.
- Priority will be given to individuals early in their career
- Only applicants with Federal Student Loans in their name qualify (check to see if you have qualifying loans here.)
- How to Apply
The first step in the application process is to submit an initial interest survey. The survey link will become available once the application window opens.
The link to a more detailed part of the application will be emailed to you within 72 hours from our vendor – tuition.io. After submitting the full application, link your loans through tuition.io.
For technical assistance, including if you need a link giving you access to the detailed part of the application from tuition.io or need a password reset, please contact: EdLoanForgiveness@tuition.io
As part of the application, you will need to have the following form filled out: Fillable Employment Verification PDF can be found here.
Financial Wellness Support (including help navigating the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, counseling to find the best student loan repayment strategy for your situation and more) will also be made available free of charge to up to 3,000 loan forgiveness applicants through tuition.io.
If you have any additional questions about the program or you find a link on this page is broken, please contact:
For technical assistance with the application, please contact:
- Additional Educator Funding Resources
Additional Educator Funding Opportunities List
Colorado Center for Rural Education: For information about stipends available to rural educators, please see the Colorado Center for Rural Education’s website: https://www.unco.edu/colorado-center-for-rural-education/stipends/. Stipends are available for rural student teachers, in-service educators, alternative licensure candidates, National Board certification candidates, and/or substitute teachers.
Federal Loan Forgiveness Programs for Educators: There are 4 Federal Loan Forgiveness programs for educators. Please see the following website for more information: https://studentaid.gov/articles/teacher-loan-forgiveness-options/.