(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
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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