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Colorado Center for Rural Education

Rural school districts throughout Colorado continue to experience significant difficulty finding qualified individuals to serve as classroom educators, school leaders, and/or special service providers within their individual school districts.

The Colorado Center for Rural Education was created to address these issues. Our center is not limited to the University of Northern Colorado community. We work with 22 Colorado Institutions of Higher Education to recruit, prepare, place, and support educators for rural communities to ensure every rural student has a quality learning experience. 

Read our Article in UNC Magazine

Financial Support for Rural Educators

The Colorado Center for Rural Education provides a variety of stipends to pre-service and in-service educators who work with students in rural school districts. Interested? Learn more about the available stipends you can use while you teach the students who need you the most!

Ready to apply?

Find out how to apply for the best stipend for you below:

SB 19-009 Signing

Bill Sponsors, Governor Polis and stakeholders

Signing SB-009, "Financial Incentives for Rural Educators"

The former bill is now law.

“Under existing law, the department of higher education (department) annually awards up to 40 stipends of not more than $2,800 to students enrolled in teacher preparation programs who agree to teach in a rural school or rural school district. The bill removes the limit on the number of stipends and increases the amount to $4,000.

Under existing law, the department also annually awards up to 60 stipends to educators in rural schools and rural school districts who are seeking certain certifications. The bill removes the limit on the number of stipends.”


Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness Program

In 2019, Colorado legislators passed Senate Bill 19-003  which authorizes the Colorado Department of Higher Education to offer loan repayment on qualified loans for educators who serve in hard-to-fill positions in Colorado. The application will be open in fall 2019.

Qualifying individuals are teachers, principals or special service providers who  incurred a loan after graduating from an approved educator preparation program or a bachelor’s or a master’s degree program. Those teaching in a qualified position in a hard-to-staff rural public school, rural school district or in facility schools in rural school districts will receive preference.

For more information about The Educator Loan Forgiveness Program, visit Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness!