Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP)
The primary purpose of the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program (VTSLP) is to provide financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage teaching areas. The critical shortage teaching areas are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey for School Personnel, based on data received by school divisions in Virginia. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields. See Educator Workforce Data & Reports for current critical shortage area reports.
Subject to available funding, these scholarship loans shall be for teacher candidates, including graduate students and paraprofessionals from Virginia school divisions at an accredited public or private four-year institution of higher education in the commonwealth. Undergraduates at or beyond the sophomore year in college, must have been in the top 10 percent of their high school class or identified through an alternative measure of achievement as selected by the institution, such as high school grade point average equivalent to an A average. Candidates must (i) be enrolled full-time or part-time in an approved teacher education program or are participants in another approved teacher education program; (ii) have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent; and (iii) be nominated for such scholarship by the institution where they are enrolled. In addition, the candidates must meet one or more of the following criteria: (a) be enrolled in a program leading to an endorsement in a critical shortage area as established by the Board of Education; (b) be a male teacher candidate in an elementary or middle school education program; (c) be a minority teacher candidate enrolled in any teacher endorsement area; or (d) be a student in an approved teacher education program leading to an endorsement in career and technical education. Candidates who previously received funding through the Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program are not eligible.
Application and Award Procedure
All students must return the completed application packets to the Virginia regionally accredited institution where they are enrolled in an approved teacher education program. Only the dean or director of teacher education may submit completed applications to the Virginia Department of Education.
Those students selected for the scholarship loan will be notified by the Virginia Department of Education. The students will be required to submit a signed, notarized Promissory Note to the Virginia Department of Education. Through the VTSLP, eligible students may receive a scholarship loan for as much as $10,000 per academic year for full-time students and will be prorated for part-time students based on the number of credit hours.
Upon program completion, the scholarship recipient shall begin teaching in the public schools of the Commonwealth in the first full academic year after becoming eligible for a teaching license, and shall fulfill the teaching obligation in accordance with the Promissory Note by teaching continuously in Virginia for the same number of years that he was the beneficiary of such scholarship.
Such scholarship recipient may fulfill the teaching obligation by accepting a teaching position
- in one of the critical teacher shortage disciplines as established by the Board of Education;
in a career and technical education discipline;
- regardless of teaching discipline, in a school with a high concentration of students eligible for free or reduced lunch;
- in any discipline or at any grade level within a school division with a shortage of teachers, as defined in the Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Determination of Critical Teacher Shortage Areas;
- in a rural or urban region of the state with a teacher shortage.
If the recipient fails to honor the obligation, the scholarship loan must be paid back to the Commonwealth of Virginia.