SC committee recommends more money for teacher loans

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Education Oversight Committee wants legislators to put more money in a teacher loan program meant to encourage students to teach in South Carolina's needy schools.

The group also recommends changing how a needy school is defined, to at least 80 percent of students living in poverty, up from 70 percent.

The loan program created in 1984 provides a maximum of $20,000 toward a student's college degree. The amount is forgiven after five years of teaching in a needy school or a hard-to-fill subject.

An annual report the committee approved Monday says the program doled out nearly $4.7 million in loans last school year to 1,114 students. More than 300 applicants were denied loans due to a lack of funding. An additional $1.3 million would have covered those eligible applicants.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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