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Frequently Asked Questions

Related to Low-Income Schools for the Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is a federal assistance program that provides qualified teachers to receive up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness on their Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

To qualify, you must teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years at a designated low-income school or educational service agency and meet other eligibility requirements.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) not the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Questions concerning program guidelines, the application process and eligibility should be directed to USDE or you loan servicer.

See the Federal Student Aid website for more information on the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and similar forgiveness programs.

Designated Low-Income Schools in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) provides the U.S. Department of Education with data that is used to designate low-income schools for the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

Below are answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to low-income schools in Pennsylvania.

Questions regarding the listed schools and low-income percentages may be directed to the PDE at Please include "TCLI" in the subject line.

NOTE: PDE cannot assist with application or denial questions.


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