About Us

The NC Teaching Fellows Program is administered by the University of North Carolina in conjunction with the State Education Assistance Authority and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission.

The University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina system administers the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program in conjunction with the State Education Assistance Authority and the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission. The Board of Governors of the UNC System has the responsibility to appoint seven of the fourteen members of the NC Teaching Fellows Commission, appoints the program director and oversees the day-to-day program operations. The program director is responsible for recruitment of potential recipients and coordination of the program.

Contact us with questions about the program at ncteachingfellows@northcarolina.edu.

State Education Assistance Authority

The State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) is the State agency that promotes access to higher education by administering financial aid and savings programs, informing students and families about paying for college, teaching educators about financial aid administration, and advocating for resources to support students.

Working in coordination with the NC Teaching Fellows program director, SEAA performs functions necessary to administer forgivable loan awards for recipients named by the NC Teaching Fellows Commission, forgivable loan agreements, award disbursements, and repayment through loan forgiveness or cash repayment.

Contact SEAA with questions about loan forgiveness and cash repayment at repay@ncseaa.edu.

North Carolina Teaching Fellows Commission

Established in 2017 by the General Assembly, the NC Teaching Fellows Commission is responsible for:

  • Determining program and forgivable loan recipient criteria and selection procedures
  • Selecting the five participating institutions of higher education with approved educator preparation programs
  • Selecting recipients to receive forgivable loans

The Commission has 14 members:

  • Appointed by the UNC Board of Governors:
    • Two deans of approved schools of education at postsecondary constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina
    • The president of a North Carolina community college
    • A teacher who graduated from an approved educator preparation program located in the State within three years of appointment to serve on the Commission
    • A principal who graduated from an approved educator preparation program located in the State
    • A local board of education member
    • A member to represent business and industry in North Carolina
  • Appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly:
    • One dean of an approved school of education at a private postsecondary institution operating in the State upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
    • One dean of an approved school of education at a private postsecondary institution operating in the State upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
  • Ex officio:
    • The North Carolina Teacher of the Year
    • The North Carolina Principal of the Year
    • The North Carolina Superintendent of the Year
    • The chair of the Board of the State Education Assistance Authority
    • The director of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

The Commission, in coordination with the State Education Assistance Authority, is charged with the duty of providing an annual report on the program’s outcomes to Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee. The Commission must produce the first annual report no later than January 1, 2019.