Teacher Shortage Areas

Teacher Shortage Areas – Nationwide Listing US DOE Report

This federal designation of teacher shortage areas enables Federal Perkins Loan borrowers who are full time teachers in any subject area in South Dakota to possibly qualify for cancellation of up to 100% of their loan. Perkins Loan borrowers should direct questions to the school where they received the loan or https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/teacher.

These designations may also enable grant recipients to fulfill their teaching obligation under the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program.

This federal designation of teacher shortage areas enables borrowers who had no outstanding Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) on July 1, 1987, but who had an outstanding FFEL on July 1, 1993, to qualify for deferment of loan repayment under the Federal Stafford Loan Program anytime within the life of the borrower’s loan(s) for up to three years of service as a full-time teacher in a public or non-profit private elementary or secondary school in a teacher shortage area.

The principals at the schools are the delegated authority to provide certification that eligible borrowers or scholars are teaching in a designated teacher shortage area.

For information concerning deferment under the Stafford Loan or SLS programs, the borrower should contact the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FED-AID.

A listing of the Teacher Shortage Areas nationwide for the 1990-91 thru 2017-2018 school terms is available online at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html.

Shortage Areas

Academic Disciplines Geographic Areas
Career and Technical Education Bennett County
English Language Learners Cheyenne Indian Reservation
Fine Arts Corson County
Language Arts Crow Creek Indian Reservation
Mathematics Jackson County
Physical Education/Health Lower Brule Indian Reservation
Science Mellette County
Self-Contained Roberts County
Social Science Oglala Lakota Countyy
Special Education (Non-Core) Todd County
World Languages

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Teacher Loan Forgiveness


For any questions concerning the reduction of a teacher’s obligation, contact Kathy Riedy at 605-773-8415.