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8/24/2022 - Jackson, Miss.

The deadline for teachers to apply for loan repayment funds from the State of Mississippi is September 15, 2022. Interested teachers may learn more and apply online at www.msfinancialaid.org/wrtr/.

The Winter-Reed Teacher Loan Repayment Program was created in 2021 by the Mississippi Legislature to help traditional route teachers repay their undergraduate student loans. Only first-year teachers holding a valid standard five-year Mississippi educator's license are eligible to apply as new recipients. Second-year teachers who received an award in 2021-22 are eligible to apply as renewal recipients. Third-year teachers will be eligible to apply as renewal recipients beginning in 2023.

Eligible recipients must work full-time as a teacher or librarian in a Mississippi public school district.

Awards will be made to 150 first-year teachers and all second-year teachers who received the award previously. Selection of new recipients will be made on a first-come, first-served basis of all eligible applicants who apply by the deadline date, but priority will be given to teachers in geographical shortage areas.

The annual award scale is as follows:

  Contracted in a Geographical
Critical Shortage Area
Contracted in a
Non-Shortage Area
First-Year Teacher $4,000 $1,500
Second-Year Teacher $5,000 $2,500
Third-Year Teacher $6,000 $3,500

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The Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid is an office of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, which governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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