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Financial Opportunities for Aspiring and In-service Educators

Multiple opportunities to recruit educators via stipends, scholarships, and other awards are currently available. Below is a list of these opportunities with links to more detailed information. A downloadable version of this page can be accessed here.

Support For Strategy Partner Initiative Explanation Funding CDE or Resource Link
Substitute and guest educators Substitute Stipends
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Stipend directly to individual upon 1) obtaining a substitute authorization; 2) completion of a substitute boot camp; 3) working first day in a school $300

Click here to learn how to apply for a substitute authorization and Boot Camp registration

Stipend information and support

Aspiring educators TEACH Colorado 
 
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Free information on teacher preparation programs; 1:1 licensure coaching from current educators; application fee reimbursements; scholarships; and testing, resume, and cover letter guides Variable scholarships and application fee reimbursements for subscribers

TEACH Colorado

Rural alternative teachers, aspiring CTE teachers, paraprofessionals in an educator preparation program Tuition financial assistance
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Educator candidates committing to teach in a rural district for 3 years can receive up to $10,000 in financial assistance toward their educator preparation program tuition.

Up to $10,000 to pay for the educator preparation program fees

Educator Recruitment and Retention Program

Rural student teachers (those completing student teaching/clinical residency at a Colorado educator preparation program) Colorado Rural Teaching Stipend
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The value of the stipend is up to $4,000 for the semester of student teaching. Stipend recipients are expected to complete student teaching in a Colorado rural school district and then apply to and work in a rural school district for two years.

Up to $4,000

Colorado Center for Rural Education

Rural student teachers in a year-long clinical residency  Colorado Rural Teaching Fellowship
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The  $10,000 Colorado Rural Teaching Fellowship is available to selected candidates who complete a year-long clinical experience in a rural school district during the final year of their teacher preparation programs. Candidates who are selected for this fellowship, Rural Teaching Fellows, receive $5000 from their institute of higher education and $5000 from the Colorado Department of Higher Education as part of their financial aid package during their final year of licensure preparation.

$10,000

Colorado Center for Rural Education

Rural in-service teachers Rural In-service Educator Stipend for concurrent enrollment endorsement
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The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented in-service PK-12 educators working in a rural Colorado school district to pursue the necessary qualifications to: (a) teach concurrent enrollment courses, (b) add an additional endorsement; or (c) fulfill a local faculty need. The Rural Inservice Educator Stipend provides recipients who commit to teach in a rural district for 3 years with up to $6,000 to offset costs associated with a qualifying program provided by one of Colorado’s institutions of higher education. Up to $6,000

Colorado Center for Rural Education

Rural in-service teachers National Board Certified Teacher – Application 
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The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented K-12 educators in rural Colorado school districts to pursue National Board Teacher Certification (NBCT). All NBCT stipend recipients who commit to teach in a rural district for three years will receive support and mentorship from NBCT facilitators in a Colorado Rural National Board cohort. $4,250

Colorado Center for Rural Education

Special Services Providers Special Services Provider Stipends
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The Special Services Provider Stipend (SSPS) provides recipients who commit to serve in a rural district for three years with up to $6,000 to pay for a variety of program-related costs (e.g., application fees, official transcripts, evaluation, tuition and fees, exams, fingerprinting, licensing, technology and travel costs). The Colorado Department of Education recognizes these special services providers: school audiologists, school counselors, school nurses, school occupational therapists, school orientation and mobility specialists, school physical therapists, school psychologists, school social workers and school speech-language pathologists.  Up to $6,000

Colorado Center for Rural Education

Educators, Principals and SSPs - mainly for those who serve in rural and hard-to-fill
positions in Colorado
Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness
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Those who qualify are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness for a given year.
2022 is the first year the program will be distributing awards. It is currently funded for
five years. For those individuals who continue to qualify, they may apply every year of the
program for up to $5,000 in loan forgiveness annually. Program qualifications can be found
at the link below. Annual application is open December 15 - April 15.
Up to $5,000 annually for up to 5 years Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness
Tutors AmeriCorps, TutorCorps Reading Tutors, Math Tutors
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Become a Project Serve AmeriCorp volunteer to serve as a reading or math tutor in Colorado

 

*Tutoring often can lead to being prepared as a licensed educator. If you become a member, you can learn more about using your tutoring service to help become a licensed educator.
Variable living stipend

Serve Colorado

Click here for a list of all due dates for applications offered through the Colorado Center for Rural Education.