Do teachers get the opportunity for student loan forgiveness that others in various industries are unable to access? If you looked particularly at the Texas Education Agency you would believe that to be true. It only applies under certain conditions however. If you are teacher and are teaching in areas that are considered to have a shortage of qualified instructors you may well have the option to seek loan forgiveness based on that criterion.
There are also other criteria that must be met in addition to teaching in one of the areas considered short of staff. These include the type of loan the teacher holds, the actual date of the loan and whether the teacher is teaching a low income school. The areas that have been found to have a shortage of instructors are: ESL, Career and Technical Education, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Science and lastly Special Education. If you choose to teach in one of these trouble areas or teach in a low income school you may well be able to receive student loan forgiveness, at least in Texas.
Is this a good way of trying to entice future educators into these neglected areas? The opportunity to rid yourself of a huge student loan burden by agreeing to teach in low income school or an area that is under represented sounds like a very good way of filling those slots and ensuring that our children get the educators that they need. It would seem to most to be a fair trade and one that may be expanded to other states if it has not already. If you are dealing with student loan difficulties be sure to seek out the advice of a qualified student loan debt relief attorney.