In order to help educators, there are various loan forgiveness programs available. Listed below is the name of each loan forgiveness program, a website to access information, and contact information if you have any questions.
The Federal Title Programs office of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has been assigned the responsibility for providing the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) with a listing of Title I schools (not districts) who have 30.1% or more poverty. The loan forgiveness programs are only available in schools with a specific poverty percent. The USDE then publishes a directory of all states, compiling this information and providing the directory to institutions of higher education.
To provide more flexibility and help more educators, the Federal Title Programs office is revising the way that the teacher cancellation loan forgiveness percentages will be reported to the USDE.
Previously, we received the percentages from the Child Nutrition and Food Distribution office in January of each year. We uploaded the data to the Teacher Cancellation Low Income (TCLI) website in January of each year and these percentages identified the school buildings that had a high enough percentage of poverty (30.1%), which made the teachers at those buildings eligible for loan forgiveness for one year.
We have now revised our process and will make adjustments to the TCLI website three times during the year to add any new school buildings that become eligible. The revised data will now be uploaded in January, June, and October of each year.
If a school building is eligible when the data is entered in January, they will remain on the list for an entire year, even if their poverty percent drops below 30.1%. If a school building is not eligible in January when the process begins for the year, but gains eligibility in June, then that building would only be listed on the site for approximately six months. School buildings that do not gain eligibility until October (data collected from April to August), will only be listed on the website from October to December, until the process begins again in January.
The individual in the Federal Title Program office that holds this portfolio is Mary Neigum. Mary can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 328-2281.