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Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program

2017-18 AETP Award Applications are now closed

2018-19 AETP Award Applications will be available at your institution in September 2018

Current recipients will need to re-apply to be considered for 18-19 funds

Excellence in Teaching Act Forgivable Loan Programs

On April 22, 2009, the Excellence in Teaching Act (§§ 79-8,132−79-8,140 R.R.S.) was signed by Governor Heineman revising the existing Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program and authorizing the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program.

Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program

The Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program (AETP) provides forgivable loans to eligible students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program at an eligible Nebraska institution working towards his/her initial certificate to teach in Nebraska.

Check out the 2017 AETP Overview.

Eligible students may apply, on an annual basis, for an AETP loan in an amount of $3,000 and can apply for, and receive, AETP loans annually for up to five (5) consecutive years. In return for receiving an AETP loan, the student agrees to complete the teacher education program that s/he is currently enrolled in and commits to becoming certified and to teach full-time in an accredited or approved public or private school in Nebraska. If the student meets the loan forgiveness obligations, loans will be forgiven, beginning after the first two years of full-time teaching, in an amount up to $3,000 for each year of teaching or in an amount up to $6,000 for each year of teaching if the student teaches in a school district that has been classified as very sparse or in a school building in which at least 40% of the students qualify for the poverty factor.

Detailed information regarding the AETP is available by clicking on the applicable document listed below.

Questions regarding the AETP may be directed to the financial aid office of the institution in which you are currently enrolled or to Karen Buller, NDE, at 402-471-4837 or

Related Information

Attracting Excellence to Teaching Program Application Page – will reopen September 2018

Program information for individuals who applied for the first time on or after April 23, 2009

AETP Contract for viewing only

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Reports

2016 Excellence in Teaching Act Status Report

Rule 25Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act2016 version

USDE Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directoryfor low income school designation

Very Sparse School Districts in Nebraska