Special Services Provider Stipend (SSPS)
The Colorado Center for Rural Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education encourage talented individuals interested in Special Services Provider employment in rural or small rural schools in Colorado to apply for the Special Services Provider Stipend (SSPS). The SSPS provides recipients with up to $6,000 to pay for a variety of program-related costs during their final clinical experience (e.g., application fees, official transcripts, evaluation, tuition and fees, exams, fingerprinting, licensing, technology and travel costs).
Eligible Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:
- Be enrolled in an approved program at an institution of higher education.
- Be committed to full-time employment in one of Colorado's 146 rural or small rural school districts for a period of three (3) years after receiving a Special Services Provider license from the Colorado Department of Education.
- The Colorado Department of Education recognizes these special services providers: school audiologists, school counselors, school nurses, school occupational therapists, school orientation and mobility specialists, school physical therapists, school psychologists, school social workers and school speech-language pathologists.
Selection and Award Process
If the number of applications exceeds the amount of available funding provided by Colorado’s General Assembly, stipend recipients will be selected using a random lottery draw. Of the total applications, 55% will be awarded to individuals who are completing their clinical experience in small rural school districts, and 45% will be awarded to individuals who are completing their clinical experience in rural school districts. We may or may not get the desired balance of small rural (55%) and rural (45%) depending on applications received for each, but they serve as targets for equity distribution. The total amount is allocated by CDE region.
Ready to Apply?
The application timeline for this stipend is May 1 through August 31.
For the complete Colorado Department of Education list of rural and small rural school districts: https://www.cde.state.co.us/cdeedserv/cderuraldesignation2021-2022