Posted Date:June 24, 2009
Author: William Leith, Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid
Subject: Information About Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory Updates
This announcement is to provide schools with information that we e-mailed to state and territorial education agencies regarding the submission of updated lists of low-income schools and educational service agencies for inclusion in the Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. This directory is also known as the Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory (TCLI Directory) and is available at https://www.tcli.ed.gov/.
The Department of Education (the Department) provides authorized state officials with the ability to electronically update the list of schools that serve low-income families at any time. Although authorized state officials are the only ones who can update the information, the TCLI Directory may be searched by anyone by simply clicking on the SEARCH box on the home page.
The TCLI Directory lists, by school year, schools in each state or territory that qualify as serving students from low-income families. Schools that serve low-income families are public or other nonprofit elementary or secondary schools that are in a school district that qualifies for funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA), and more than 30 percent of the school’s total enrollment is made up of children who meet a measure of poverty under Section 1113(a)(5) of the ESEA.
Important Note About HEOA Change: Effective August 14, 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Pub. L. 110-315, amended section 465(a)(2)(A) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to authorize loan cancellation for full-time teaching service in a public or private nonprofit elementary school or secondary school or location operated by an educational service agency. An educational service agency, defined in section 9101 of the ESEA, is a regional public multi-service agency authorized by state statute to develop, manage, and provide services or programs to local educational agencies. If a state has established educational service agencies and these agencies employ full-time teachers of elementary or secondary students, and more than 30 percent of the children taught at the school or location operated by the educational service agency meet a measure of poverty under Section 1113(a)(5) of the ESEA, the educational service agency must be included in the state’s update to the TCLI Directory.
The list of schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families in the TCLI Directory qualifies teachers for loan cancellation under the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. This list also satisfies certain aspects of the teaching obligation in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that a teacher must meet in order to satisfy his or her Agreement to Serve. ]If a state does not update its list of low-income schools, Perkins Loan, FFEL, and Direct Loan borrowers and TEACH Grant recipients who teach in the state may not receive federal program benefits to which they may be entitled.
Note: This cancellation provision is different from the Perkins Loan teacher cancellation provisions that apply to borrowers teaching in state-designated teacher shortage areas.
If you have questions about the TCLI Directory, contact the Campus-Based Call Center at, 877/801-7168. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00. P.M (ET). You may also e-mail CBFOB@ed.gov.
If you have questions about the schools that have been included in the TCLI Directory, contact the appropriate state contact. You can access the list of state contacts by clicking on the "State Contact List" link at the top of the TCLI Directory home page.