Special Education Listserv
Subject: Student Loan Forgiveness/Possible Funding Source for Teacher Shortages
Source: Barb Gilpin, Interim Assistant Director, Effective Practices
Intended Audience: Directors of Special Education and Teachers who are Perkins and Stafford Loan Recipients
Date: May 22, 2008
Teachers who have Perkins loans and teach either in a teacher shortage area or in a school that serves low-income families, may be eligible to have those loans forgiven. This could help get staff interested in pursuit of graduate education in the area of speech. If interested, they should contact the lender and request the paperwork necessary to begin the process.
If your original Stafford loan was initiated after October 7, 1998, and you teach in a school that serves low-income families, after five years you may be eligible for forgiveness not to exceed $5,000.
If you have Stafford loans that were initiated before October 7, 1998, there is no forgiveness, but you can get the interest rate lowered because you teach in Missouri, IF your loans are serviced by MOHELA.
Having your payment automatically withdrawn from your account also will lower your interest rate.
The Perkins and Stafford loan forgiveness programs are federal programs.
Contact the federal financial aid hotline at 800-433-3243 for more information or visit this website:
The interest reduction is a MOHELA program; call 800-666-4352 to request an application.
MISSOURI TEACHER SHORTAGE AREAS REQUESTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION APPROVED BY U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION FOR 2006-2007
ESOL School Psychologist
Family and Consumer Science
School Psychological Examiner
Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish)
Special Education (All Areas)
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Division of Special Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-5739 Fax: 573-526-4404