Apply to North Carolina Teaching Fellows

Key Dates

Key Dates for applying to the Teaching Fellows Program October - Applications open, January 10 - Applications due, March - Finalist Intereviews, April 1 - Awards Announced April AwardsAnnounced 1 March FinalistInterviews January ApplicationsDue 10 October ApplicationsOpen
Key Dates for applying to the Teaching Fellows Program October - Applications open, January 10 - Applications due, March - Finalist Intereviews, April 1 - Awards Announced April AwardsAnnounced 1 March FinalistInterviews January ApplicationsDue 10 October ApplicationsOpen

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for a Teaching Fellows award:

  • Be accepted to enroll in an approved educator preparation program leading to initial licensure in an eligible area at one of the eight Teaching Fellows partner institutions.
  • Be one of the following:
    • A North Carolina high school senior
    • A student applying to transfer to an educator preparation program at one of the eight Teaching Fellows partner institutions
    • A student already enrolled at one of the eight Teaching Fellows partner institutions who transitions into an educator preparation program
    • An individual with a bachelor’s degree pursuing preparation for teacher licensure at one of the eight Teaching Fellows partner institutions

Minimum Academic Requirements

  • High school applicants or applicants with fewer than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.0. While not required, we strongly encourage applicants to submit an SAT and/or ACT score.
  • Applicants with more than 24 hours of college credit must have a minimum of a 2.7 cumulative GPA.
  • Be willing to teach in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) or special education licensure area in a North Carolina public school, traditional or charter.

Students already currently enrolled in an educator preparation program are not eligible to be considered for a Teaching Fellows award.

Teaching Fellow Awards

Forgivable loans may be awarded for use at one of the eight partner institutions for:

  • North Carolina high school seniors: up to 4 years
  • Students applying to transfer to an educator preparation program: up to 3 years
  • Students already enrolled at one of the partner institutions who transition into an educator preparation program: up to 2 years
  • Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are pursuing preparation for teacher licensure: up to 2 years

Award amounts: up to $4,125 a semester ($8,250 a year). Loan funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books.

Fellows will be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to the terms of their forgivable loans.

Awards are renewable annually for Fellows who continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Continuing Eligibility Requirements

After initial acceptance into the program, in order to remain eligible for continued program support, Fellows must:

  • Meet the initial eligibility requirements of the program.
  • Honor the terms of the award promissory note.
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Process, as defined by the institution where the Fellow is enrolled.
  • Participate in all Teaching Fellows enrichment activities, unless an exemption is approved by Campus and Program Director.
  • Do not exceed the maximum number of semesters eligible for Teaching Fellows funding.

Are You Eligible?

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Graduation Cap
If you are a NC high school senior or have fewer than 24 hours of college credit...
If you have more than 24 hours of college credit or already have a bachelor's degree...
Minimum
3.0 GPA
(unweighted)
Minimum
2.7 GPA
Are not already enrolled in a teacher preparation program.
Have not previously been licensed as a teacher.
Are willing to teach in a STEM or Special Education licensure area in a NC public school.
Are willing to teach in a STEM or Special Education licensure area in a NC public school.

Still not sure? Email us!

ncteachingfellows@northcarolina.edu

Forgivable Loans

Teaching Fellows awards are forgivable loans.

Fellows may receive up to $4,125 per semester and funds may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and expenses related to obtaining licensure.

Awards are renewable annually for Fellows who continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Fellows will be required to sign a promissory note agreeing to the terms of their forgivable loans.

Terms of Loan Forgiveness:

The loan principal and any accrued interest may be forgiven if, within 10 years after graduation from a program leading to teaching licensure, the Fellow serves as a teacher in a qualified position:

  • in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) or special education licensure area as identified by the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • at a North Carolina traditional or charter public school

One academic year’s loan will be forgiven for:

  • 1 year of employment at a NC public school identified as low-performing, or
  • 2 years of employment at a NC public school not identified as low-performing

Per G.S. 115C-105.37(a), a low-performing school is defined as receiving a school performance grade of D or F and earning a school growth score of “met expected growth” or “not met expected growth.”

Cash Repayment

Loans not forgiven through employment in a qualified position must be repaid in cash.

Forgivable loans will carry an interest rate of 8%. Interest will begin to accrue and cash repayment will be required in the form of monthly installments commencing no later than the 1st day of September after completion of, or 90 days after withdrawal from, the approved educator preparation program.

The cash repayment period is up to 10 years.

Loan forgiveness and cash repayment is administered by the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA). Please contact SEAA with questions regarding loan forgiveness and cash repayment at repay@ncseaa.edu.

Alumni Repayment Questions

Teaching Fellows Alumni with questions regarding loan forgiveness/repayment should contact SEAA at repay@ncseaa.edu. or 919-549-8614.

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