Each year, the TEA releases a list of teacher shortage areas. If you are teaching within these areas, you may qualify to get partial loan forgiveness, deferment, or cancellation.

Teacher Shortage Areas in Texas

The 2021-2022 teacher shortage areas for Texas are:

  • Bilingual/English as a Second Language – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Special Education – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Career and Technical Education – Secondary Levels
  • Technology Applications and Computer Science – Elementary and Secondary Levels
  • Mathematics – Secondary Levels


Student Loan Forgiveness Options in Texas

As a teacher in Texas, you can apply for the following, provided you have unpaid federal student loans and meet the requirements:

  • Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness
  • Teach for Texas Loan Repayment Assistance
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation
  • Math and Science Scholars Loan Repayment Program

There are a couple of options for non-teaching education staff and you can find all of the details on the Texas Education Agency website.

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