(a) The Governor shall designate the Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board created by section five, article one of this chapter to select recipients to receive Underwood-Smith Teacher Loan Assistance Awards.
(b) The advisory board shall make decisions regarding loan assistance pursuant to section one, article four of this chapter and the following criteria:
(A) Eligibility for an award is limited to a teacher who has earned a teaching degree and is certified to teach a subject area of critical need in the public schools of West Virginia. A certified teacher in a subject area of critical need who is enrolled in an advanced in-field degree course or who has earned an advanced in-field degree may apply for an award to be paid toward current education loans;
(B) To be eligible for a loan award, a teacher shall agree to teach, or shall currently be teaching, a subject area of critical need in a state school or geographic area of the state identified as an area of critical need pursuant to section one, article four of this chapter.
(c) In accordance with the rule promulgated pursuant to section one, article four of this chapter, the vice chancellor for administration shall develop criteria and procedures for the administration of the loan program.
(d) The vice chancellor for administration shall make available program application forms to public and private schools in the state via the commission and the State Department of Education's websites and in other locations convenient to potential applicants.
(a) Before receiving an award, each eligible teacher shall enter into an agreement with the vice chancellor for administration and shall meet the following criteria:
(1) Provide the commission with evidence of compliance with subsection (b), section four, article four of this chapter;
(2) Teach in a subject area or geographic area of critical need full time under contract with a county board for a period of two school years for each year for which loan assistance is received pursuant to this article. The vice chancellor for administration may grant a partial award to an eligible recipient whose contract term is for less than a full school year pursuant to criteria established by commission rule.
(3) Acknowledge that an award is to be paid to the recipient's educational loan institution, not directly to the recipient, only after the commission determines that the recipient has complied with all terms of the agreement; and
(4) Repay all or part of an award received pursuant to this article if the award is not paid to the educational loan institution or if the recipient does not comply with the other terms of the agreement.
(b) Each loan agreement shall disclose fully the terms and conditions under which an award may be granted pursuant to this article and under which repayment may be required. The agreement also is subject to and shall include the terms and conditions established by section five, article four of this chapter.
(a) Each award recipient is eligible to receive loan assistance of up to $2,000 annually subject to limits set forth in subsection (b) of this section:
(1) If the recipient has taught math or science for a full school year under contract with a county board in a school or geographic area of critical need; and
(2) If the recipient otherwise has complied with the terms of the agreement and with applicable provisions of this article and article four of this chapter, and any rules promulgated pursuant thereto.
(b) The recipient is eligible for renewal of loan assistance only during the periods when the recipient is under contract with a county board to teach in a subject area of critical need in a school or geographic area of critical need, and complies with other criteria and conditions established by rule, except that a teacher who is teaching under a contract in a position that no longer meets the definition of critical need under rules established in accordance with section one, article four of this chapter is eligible for renewal of loan assistance until the teacher leaves his or her current position.
(c) No recipient may receive loan assistance pursuant to this
article which accumulates in excess of $15,000.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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