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INFORMATIONAL LETTER NO: 69
POLICY CODE; GFCD

 

TO:                  Superintendents of Schools/Private School Administrators
                       
FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             December 15, 2005

SUBJECT:       Teacher Shortage Areas for Federal Stafford and Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) Deferment and Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Reduction of Teaching Obligation for School Year 2004-2005 and 2005-2006

**Please Forward to Elementary, Middle and Secondary School Principals**                                                                           

The United States Department of Education, pursuant to federal regulations governing the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the Federal Stafford and Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) Programs, and the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program annually designates teacher shortage areas for purposes of deferment of loan repayment or reduction of teaching obligation under these student loan programs.

The United States Department of Education has designated the following areas as teacher shortage areas in Maine during the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 school years:

English as a Second Language
Foreign Language:   
  Chinese                       
  French
  Spanish         
  German           
  Japanese   
  Latin
  Russian
Gifted/Talented
Mathematics
Science
Special Education (Birth to 5 yrs. & through grade 12)
Speech/Hearing Clinicians
Technology Education/Industrial Arts

The federal designation of teacher shortage areas in Maine enables borrowers who had no outstanding Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans on July 1, 1987 but who had an outstanding FFEL Program loan on July 1, 1993 to qualify for deferment of loan repayment under the Federal Stafford and Federal Supplemental Loans for Students (SLS) Programs anytime within the life of the borrower’s loan(s).  In addition, this designation allows Douglas scholars to qualify for the reduction of teaching obligation under the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program.

Please refer your teachers who may be Federal Stafford/SLS borrowers who have questions concerning their loans, including the teacher shortage area deferment, to the Federal Student Aid Hotline at 1-800-4FED-AID and refer Douglas Scholars to the State agency that awarded the scholarship. or to the Federal Student Aid web site: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Information on the process to be followed to implement these provisions can be obtained by contacting:

Anne Reed
Program Officer
Finance Authority of Maine
5 Community Drive
PO Box 949
Augusta, ME. 04330-0949
TEL: 1-800-228-3734
E-MAIL: AReed@famemaine.com

Information regarding Teacher Shortage Designations can be obtained by contacting:

Harry Osgood
Higher Education Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333
Tel:  207-624-6842
Email:  harry.osgood@maine.gov

 

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