Teach Iowa Scholar Program
The Teach Iowa Scholar (TIS) Program provides qualified Iowa teachers with awards of up to $4,000 a year, for a maximum of five years, for teaching in Iowa schools in designated shortage areas. Qualified teachers are those currently teaching in designated shortage areas who meet all of the eligibility criteria below.
An applicant must:
- Graduate from a teacher preparation program on/after January 1, 2013 (including undergraduate, masters or intern programs)
- Only teachers who complete a bachelor's or master's teacher preparation program on/after January 1, 2013 are eligible; completing coursework to add an endorsement to your teaching license does not qualify.
- Graduate in the top 25% academically of all teacher preparation program graduates during the academic year in which you graduated. ‘Top 25% academically’ is defined and certified by the college/university from which you graduated.
- Secure full-time employment for the 2017-18 school year in a designated shortage area at a school district, area education agency, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school recognized and approved by the Iowa Department of Education.
- Have an Iowa teaching license and the corresponding endorsement of the shortage area in which you teach.
- Submit the TIS application by November 17, 2017.
- Teaching assingment code must be an eligible BEDS code.
Award Amount & Payment Options
An eligible applicant can receive up to $4,000 per year for up to 5 consecutive years of full-time employment.
The $4,000 award can be disbursed in one of two ways:
- Sent to your lender as a lump-sum payment toward your outstanding federal student loan balance, or
- Sent as a lump-sum payment to you. Payments issued to individuals are considered taxable income and the State of Iowa will issue a 1099 MISC to you for tax filing purposes.*
*You may want to consider the Pay Me option if you are trying to qualify for any other loan forgiveness program.
Designated Shortage Areas
The following fields have been designated by the Iowa Department of Education as shortages in Iowa for the 2017-2018 school year. Teachers who teach in these areas and whose license has the required endorsement can qualify for TIS awards. The chart below lists the designated shortage areas in order from highest need to lowest need which factors into Awarding Priority.
|Rank||Required Endorsement Number||Endorsement Title||Grade Level(s)|
|1||266||Itinerant Hearing Impaired||Birth to 21|
|2||267||Itinerant Visually Impaired||Birth to 21|
|4||139||Family and Consumer Sciences||5-12|
|5||108, 109, 174||Teacher Librarian||K-12|
|6||107||Talented & Gifted||K-12|
|7||263||Instructional Strategist II BD/LD||K-12|
|8||264||Instructional Strategist II MD||K-12|
|9||265||Instructional Strategist II PD||K-12|
|10||104||English as a Second Language||K-12|
|11||260||Instructional Strategist 1 Mild/Moderate||K-8|
|12||100||Special Education (serving in Spec Ed or Early Childhood inclusive classrooms only)||PreK-3|
|13||261||Instructional Strategist I Mild/Moderate||5-12|
|15||262||Early childhood Special Education||PreK-K|
|18||121-136, 177-180, 187, 188||Foreign Language (all)||K-12|
License and Endorsements
Teachers with the following license types will be considered for TIS awards:
Initial Professional Service
The teacher's license must have the required endorsement corresponding to the shortage area in which they teach.
In the event we have more applicants than we can fund, applications will be prioritized according to:
- Teachers renewing their TIS award
- New applicants will then be prioritized by:
How to Apply
The application for the 2017-18 aacademic year will open on September 1. On or after that date, apply online at https://apps.iowacollegeaid.gov/tis/tis_application.asp.
Priority deadline: November 17, 2017