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(General) Subject: Information About Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory Updates

Posted Date:August 23, 2012

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 states and territories regarding their 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

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.

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. Schools may find the TCLI Directory helpful when counseling students who are planning to become teachers. Graduating students may find it helpful in order to take advantage of the cancellation benefits available to teachers or to target their job searches.

Note: The TCLI provision is not the same as Teacher Shortage benefits through the Perkins Loan teacher cancellation, certain FFEL deferment rights, or the reduction of teaching obligation under the Paul Douglas Teacher Scholarship Program. Those programs apply to borrowers teaching in state-designated teacher shortage areas. For more information about those cancellations, see the Teacher Shortage Nationwide Listing at

Contact Information

If you have questions about the schools that have been included in the TCLI Directory, contact the appropriate state agency. The list of state contacts is available by clicking on the "State Contact List" link at the top of the TCLI Directory home page.

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

Last Modified: 08/22/2012