• Teacher Loan Forgiveness Opportunities:

     There are several opportunities for teachers to receive loan forgiveness or cancellation. Kentucky Department of Education’s role in teacher loan forgiveness is to answer questions and provide information regarding the programs. For more information about any of the programs please consult the Loan Repayment Frequently Asked Questions.

    Teacher Loan Forgiveness was designed as an incentive to enter and continue in the teaching profession and provides loan reimbursement once a teacher has completed five consecutive, full-time years of service at a qualifying low-income elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency. The Teacher Loan Forgiveness program pays a $5,000 - $17,500, one-time only reward towards Federal Stafford loans. For more details on the requirements and eligibility visit the Federal Student Aid website.

    *It is important to note that a student loan borrower's forgiveness program may not be binding in some circumstances and could be rescinded*


    The KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program

    Provides financial aid to recruit qualified Kentucky residents pursuing initial teacher certification at participating Kentucky institutions. (KRS 164.769)

    All applicants must be Kentucky residents enrolled full-time (unless enrolled for the final term of a teacher certification program and less than full-time enrollment is required to complete the program). Applicants must demonstrate financial need to qualify for a KHEAA Teacher Scholarship. 

    Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

    Please contact the financial aid office at the university or college for additional information on the TEACH grant.

    Traineeship Program

    Funds are available to help defray part of the tuition costs at any state institution offering IECE certification. Traineeships are available for teachers and administrators pursuing an initial IECE certificate while working with children with disabilities in the state-funded preschool or Head Start program. Program Application  


    For additional information contact: 

    Dr. Steve Crites or Lisa Pfalzgraf at 859-448-8810


    Tuition Reduction at University of Louisville for pursuing a Master's or a Rank I


    The College of Education and Human Development is launching a pilot program that offers a reduced tuition rate per credit hour for advanced educator preparation programs beginning Summer 2019. The new tuition reduction rate for summer 2019 will be $529 per credit hour for face-to-face and $536 for online courses, which is approximately 25% less than the current graduate tuition rate.*

    The following programs will offer the reduced tuition rate:

    Initial Licensure Programs, Traditional and Alternative Route Options:

    Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with concentration areas in:

    Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (B-P) (IECE)

    Middle School Education (5-9) in English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies

    Elementary Education (P-5)

    Secondary Education (8-12) in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies

    Art Education (P-12)

    Business and Marketing Education (5-12)

    Health and Physical Education (P-12)

    French (P-12) or Spanish (P-12)

    Integrated Music Education (P-12)

    Special Education in Moderate and Severe Disabilities (P-12)

     Advanced Teacher Preparation, including online options where applicable:

    • Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Administration

    • Rank 1 • Master of Education (M.Ed.) Teacher Leadership

    • Master of Education in Literacy

    • Master of Education in Instructional Computer Technology

    • Master of Education in Special Education (LBD and MSD)

    • Master of Education in School Counseling


    Endorsement Programs:

    Classroom Reading

    Gifted and Talented

    English as a Second Language (ESL)

    Instructional Technology

    Elementary Mathematics Specialist

    Notes: *The University of Louisville’s base tuition rate is determined annually once the Kentucky State Legislature approves the recommendation from the University and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). The 25% reduction will still remain in effect until Spring 2022.

    Contact Information:

    Betty Hampton

    E: betty.hampton@louisville.edu