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New Teach Iowa program helps high-need teachers

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Iowa educators teaching in high-need areas may be eligible for financial assistance through the new Teach Iowa Scholars Program.

The new program, which was passed during the 2014 legislative session, provides a choice of either an income bonus or student loan repayment award.

Iowa teachers who recently graduated in the top 25 percent of their teacher programs and teach in state-designated shortage fields in Iowa are eligible.

Applications for the 2014-15 school year are currently being accepted online through Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Eligible teachers may receive awards up to $4,000 a year for up to 5 years.

"Educating our young people and developing 21st century learners and productive citizens is one the most important jobs in our state," said Karen Misjak, executive director of the Iowa College Student Aid Commission.

To be considered for the Teach Iowa Scholars Program, applicants must:

- Have graduated in the top 25 percent of their respective teacher preparation programs with the last five academic years;
- Secure full-time employment for the 2014-15 school year at a school district or area education agency;
- Teach in a state-designated shortage field; and
- Complete the online application by the Nov. 26 deadline.

Shortage areas are varied and include specific subject areas as well as special education, early childhood, counselors, teacher librarians and middle-school teachers.

A detailed list of the teacher shortage-areas, including required endorsements, is available at

More information about the Teach Iowa Scholar's Program, including the online application and list detailed list of eligibility requirements, is available in the "Loan Repayment/Income Bonus" section of Iowa College Aid's website.

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