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Need for teachers opens loan-forgiveness opportunities

Oregon has designated teacher shortage areas for the 2017-18 school year. Teachers can qualify for federal loan forgiveness if they teach for five consecutive years in a shortage area.

The shortage areas can be identified by subject or geographic area.

Oregon doesn’t have enough education professionals for these areas:

  • Bilingual/English Language Learner
  • Mathematics
  • School nurse
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Special education
  • Speech pathologist

Oregon named four counties as having difficulty hiring teachers in general:

  • Gilliam
  • Grant
  • Lake
  • Sherman

More information is available at the Federal Student Aid website.