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SB 19-003: Educator Loan Forgiveness Program 

The bill makes changes to the teacher loan forgiveness program, renaming it the educator loan forgiveness program (program) and revising the eligibility criteria for the program. The program: Repays up to $5,000 of qualified educational loans for up to 5 years for teachers and other educators employed in qualified positions under the program; and Targets teachers and other educators employed in hard-to-fill positions due to geography or content area. The department of education (department) is required to annually identify the content shortage areas that qualify for the program. Subject to available appropriations, the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) shall approve up to 100 new participants in the program each year, and the bill specifies the criteria the commission shall use to prioritize applicants, if necessary. The program includes the educator loan forgiveness fund, and the commission shall adopt policies that ensure that loan repayment is made only on qualified loans for educators in qualified positions. The commission shall prepare an annual report for the general assembly that includes information concerning the content shortage areas identified by the department and information concerning the program participants. The bill extends the repeal date of the program. (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)  

CEA supports measures intended to help address the educator shortage in Colorado by helping retain quality educators. 

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CEA Supported

House Status: Pass
Senate Status: Pass
Final Status: Pass

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