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Incentive program for rural and underserved educators now accepting applications

BOISE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) – Idaho educators working in rural or underserved school districts or charter schools can now apply for funding to help pay for student loans or the costs of additional education such than tuition fees for a master’s degree.

The State Board of Education’s Rural and Underserved Educator Incentive Program was created by the Legislature’s passage of Senate Bill 1290, which was signed into law by Idaho Governor Brad Little, last spring.

The program encourages educators to accept and retain teaching positions in rural and disadvantaged school districts and charters where it is often difficult to recruit and retain new teachers.

The program will provide direct repayment of student loans or reimburse education-related expenses such as the costs of additional degrees or professional technical certifications.

Eligible teachers can receive up to $12,000 over four years for qualifying loans and expenses. The breakdown is as follows:

  • First year – $1,500
  • Second year – $2,500
  • Third year – $3,500
  • Fourth year – $4,500
  • Total – $12,000

Apply or learn more about the Idaho Rural and Underserved Educator Incentive Program at the Idaho State Board of Education website:

The first round of applications must be submitted by December 9, 2022. Selected applicants will be notified by the end of the calendar year.