Loan Forgiveness Now Open for July 1 Coursework

Educators seeking advanced endorsements through college coursework may now apply for tuition reimbursement via the state’s Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program.

The application process will open on the Nebraska Department of Education website at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 1. All the updated documents for this year’s application will be available beginning Thursday, March 25.

The reimbursement in this round is for classes from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Individuals must apply each year.

EETP provides a limited number of forgivable loans to Nebraska teachers enrolled in an eligible graduate program at a Nebraska institution of higher education. 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 consecutive years. To be considered, an educator must:

  • Be employed as a certificated teacher in an approved or accredited public or private PK-12 school in Nebraska;
  • Be enrolled in an approved graduate program at an eligible Nebraska institution; and
  • Be a resident Nebraska student.

Applicants must also complete:

  • 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 an endorsement is already held; or
  • A graduate degree that will result in an additional endorsement not considered a shortage area which your administrator believes will be beneficial to students.

For more details, go to:www.education.ne.gov/educatorprep/eetp-current-teachers