The 2017-18 Enhancing Excellence in Teaching (EETP) application will be made available on the EETP website (http://www.education.ne.gov/EducatorPrep/TopPages/EETP.html) on Saturday April 1, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CDT through May 5, 2017. The 2017-18 EETP funds are for classes that begin July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. There is approximately $810,000 for EETP program distribution this year.
The EETP Application web page (http://www.education.ne.gov/EducatorPrep/LoanForgiveness/EETP/EETPAppinfo.html) with access to institutional pages containing contact information, application submission deadline and guidelines, and various programs of study will be made available to the public the afternoon of March 27th. The page will contain information that will be helpful prior to applying for the award. On April 1st candidates can access the application from that web page. Candidates will download the application materials from this Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) web site.
The website materials are self-explanatory; however, it is important to note:
- Applicants are requesting funds for approved classes that BEGIN on or after July 1, 2017 through on or before June 30, 2018.
- Requires that an individual apply for the award each year that funding will be requested.
- Only Nebraska institutions are eligible for this funding program.
- The application materials are sent to the institution per the instructions on the website. The institutions then forward all documents to NDE by June 1.
As a reminder, 2016-17 legislative changes affect 2017-18 awards as follows:
- The criterion for eligibility has been expanded to include a graduate course of study leading to an additional endorsement in a shortage area along with the current degree program criteria of: a degree in a shortage area, a degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a degree in a subject area in which a secular teaching endorsement is already held, or a degree in a subject area that will result in an additional secular teaching endorsement not considered a shortage area which the superintendent of the school district or head administrator of a nonpublic school believes will be beneficial to the students of the school district or school.
- The loan forgiveness timeline for recipients receiving funds for the first time on or after July 1, 2016:
- forgive $1500 at the end of the 3rd year of teaching and each consecutive year after completion of the program, or
- if teaching in a low-income school/very sparse district forgive $1500 at the end of the 4th year and $3000 each consecutive year after completion of the program after that.
(Loan forgiveness timeline for recipients who received funds for the first time prior to July 1, 2016 remains the same – forgive $3000 at the end of the 3rd year of teaching and each consecutive year after completion of the program, or forgive $6000 each year if teaching in a low-income school/very sparse district.)