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Local teachers get help with loans




HELENA – Teachers at Ophir Elementary, Lone Peak High and the schools in West Yellowstone may be eligible for student loan repayment assistance through the Quality Educator Loan Assistance Program.

“This program allows our rural communities to attract and retain quality teachers, which is critical to the continued success of our students,” said Montana Supt. of Public Instruction Denise Juneau.

Teachers in the following academic areas will be considered: special education, career and technical education, music, math, English, science, school counselor, speech-language pathologist, library and art. This is the sixth year of the program and applications are due by April 30.

Student loan repayment assistance up to $3,000 a year is available for the next four years – for a total of up to $12,000. Last year, 166 teachers were awarded $494,890 in student loan repayment assistance. This is the sixth year of the program.

“We really want teachers who are eligible to apply so we can get the loan assistance out to teachers who need it,” Allyson Hagen of the Office of Public Instruction told the Weekly.

The Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program, a division of the Commissioner’s Office of Higher Education, administers the program. Completed applications must be submitted by April 30. Apply online at

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