Meredith College is one of five campuses eligible to receive North Carolina Teaching Fellows Forgivable Loan recipients. The N.C. Teaching Fellows Commission announced the College’s selection on November 16, 2017.
The North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program, an effort to recruit top students for the teaching profession, will provide forgivable loans for new teachers who agree to teach in North Carolina in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or special education.
North Carolina Teaching Fellows Forgivable Loans will first be available for the 2018-19 academic year. These forgivable loans can be used for tuition, fees, and books. They will be paid through service. A recipient may teach for one year per year of loan at a low performing school, or teach two years at any other N.C. school for one year of the loan.
Students will be selected for the program based on:
- Grade point average
- Performance on relevant career and college readiness exams
- Experiences, accomplishments and other criteria demonstrating qualities positively correlated with highly effective teachers
- Demonstrated commitment to serve in a STEM or special education licensure area in North Carolina public schools
The new program will offer eligible students up to $8,250 in forgivable loans per year. High school seniors are eligible to renew the loan for up to four years, transfer students for up to three years, and those with bachelor’s degrees who are seeking licensure are eligible for up to two years.
Meredith will maintain its own Teaching Fellows Program. The Meredith Teaching Fellows program offers a dynamic educational experience enriched with opportunities to gain hands-on classroom experience, learn from education professionals, participate in study abroad, and enroll in honors courses.
N.C. Teaching Fellow Forgivable Loan recipients will be part of the Meredith Teaching Fellows Program, but participation in the forgivable loan program is not required for the College’s Teaching Fellows Program.
Jennifer Olson, head of the Meredith College Department of Education, is a member of the Teaching Fellows Commission, which was established to determine which institutions will participate in the program and the selection criteria and procedures for forgivable loan recipients.
“Meredith College and the Department of Education are proud of our teacher education program and pleased to be a selected institution,” Olson said. “We are excited about the potential of the redesigned North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program to broaden the kinds of teacher candidates we attract. Ultimately we look forward to making an impact in public school classrooms across the state by preparing more STEM and special education teachers.”
Applications for the North Carolina program will be available before the end of 2017 through the N.C. State Education Assistance Authority.