Enhancing Excellence in Teaching

Are you a Nebraska teacher enrolled in a graduate program? You may be eligible for a $3,000 forgivable loan!

The Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP) provides a limited number of forgivable loans to Nebraska teachers enrolled in an eligible graduate program at a Nebraska institution. Eligible students may apply, on an annual basis, for funds of $175 per credit hour, up to a maximum of $3,000. Students can apply for EETP loans annually for up to five (5) consecutive years. Eligible graduate coursework includes classes that begin during the period of July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Who is eligible?
To be considered for an Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program forgivable loan, you must:

  • Be employed as a certificated teacher in an approved or accredited public or private PK-12 school in Nebraska;
  • Be a resident Nebraska student; and
  • Be enrolled in an approved graduate program at an eligible Nebraska institution; which meets one of the following categories:
  • A graduate degree in a shortage area;
  • A graduate program for an added Endorsement in a shortage area;
  • A graduate degree in curriculum and instruction;
  • A graduate degree in a subject area in which a teaching endorsement is already held; or
  • A graduate degree that will result in an additional endorsement not considered a shortage area which your school administrator believes will be beneficial to the students of the school.

How does it work?
After you accept the offered loan by signing the NDE contract, provide proof of registration for your classes and $175/credit hour (up to the amount of your award) will be sent directly to you. Once you complete your graduate program and teach in Nebraska for two years, for each additional year you teach in Nebraska:

  • $1,500 of your loan balance is forgiven each year; or
  • If you teach in a very sparse school district or in a 40% or higher poverty school building, $1,500 of your loan balance is forgiven the first year of loan forgiveness and $3,000 each year of loan forgiveness thereafter.

Important notes

  • Applicants must be requesting funds for approved classes that BEGIN on or after July 1, 2022 through on or before June 30, 2023.
  • Requires that an individual apply for the award each year that funding will be requested.
  • Only Nebraska institutions are eligible for this funding program.
  • Completed application materials are sent to the institution per the instructions on the website.

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program forgivable loans are awarded annually through the Nebraska Department of Education. For more information, visit the EETP page on the Nebraska Teacher Education website at: www.bit.ly/Neb-EETP