Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

Applications for the 2018-19 award year
(for classes BEGINNING July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019)
will be available on this website beginning April 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.


Process for the EETP Awards

  • EETP Application Information webpage is available now.
  • Application is available now.
  • Applicants send the required paperwork directly to the institution they will attend.
  • The institutions send all applications to NDE by June 1.
  • NDE will process the applications and notify all applicants by email with either the contract for recipients to sign, or an explanation of why the applicant did not receive the award.  All applicants will be informed of their status by July 10.

Excellence in Teaching Act Forgivable Loans

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 (for individuals seeking their initial teaching certificate in Nebraska) and authorizing the Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (for Nebraska teachers enrolled in a graduate program in Nebraska).  Funding is provided by the Excellence in Teaching Cash Fund using a portion of the State Lottery Operation Trust Fund dollars.


Related Information

Additional information about the EETP is available from the documents listed below or by contacting Karen.Buller@nebraska.gov or at 402-471-4837
The information presented in the following documents is valid
BEGINNING in the 2018-19 award year.

Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program

The Enhancing Excellence in Teaching Program (EETP) provides forgivable loans to Nebraska teachers enrolled in an eligible graduate program at an eligible Nebraska institution.

Check out the 2017 EETP Overview

Eligible students may apply, on an annual basis, for an EETP loan in an amount of up to $175 per credit hour, or a maximum of $3,000, for coursework that has been identified by the institution as part of the student’s graduate program. In return for receiving an EETP loan, the student agrees to complete the graduate program that s/he is currently enrolled in and maintain full-time employment in an accredited or approved public or private school in Nebraska. If the student meets the loan forgiveness obligations, beginning after the first two years of full-time teaching, loans will be forgiven pursuant to the individuals’ signed contract.