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Let the College Invest in You

We not only offer the highest standards for our students while they are in our College, our exclusive Debt-Forgiveness Program provides continued support once you graduate.

How it Works

Dr. Joyce Brandes with students

As a student, you apply for the program based on the criteria for selection.  Once you graduate, you teach in a mutually-agreed upon high-need area of education in Oklahoma and we foot the bill for up to $20,000 of your student loans.  Sound too good to be true?  Learn more below.

Student Checklist


1. Have a current FAFSA on file with Financial Aid Services. Find FAFSA information.

2. Email the JRCoE Undergraduate Advising Office for details about the program and your specific eligibility.

3. Submit your APPLICATION to the Undergraduate Advising Office, located in Ellsworth Collings Hall, Room 137, by March 1 and September 1.

4. Once approved for entrance into the program (you will receive notification by December 15 via email or mail), you must then set a meeting with a Financial Aid Advisor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Who can apply?

All students seeking their initial teacher preparation degree.  This includes freshman, upper classmen, and transfer students.

What qualifications do I need to meet to be eligible for this program?      

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

Erasing Debt

Your loan is a serious legal obligation.  It is extremely important that you understand your rights and responsibilities.

1. I understand that I must report any of the following to University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

A.    If I withdraw from school, transfer to another school, or drop below full-time status.

B.    If my address or telephone number changes.

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Criteria for Selection

Student Selection

Minimum standards as an OU student:

  • Maintain 3.0 GPA at OU
  • Maintain progress toward and completion of teacher preparation program
  • Graduate in good standing with the College
  • Maintain full-time student standing at the University of Oklahoma
  • Must have a qualified co-signor

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Lew Wentz Oklahoma Teacher Debt Forgiveness Loan

Dr. Timothy Laubach

In order to provide Oklahoma schoolchildren with the best possible education, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education has established a Debt Forgiveness Program, a merit and need based assistance initiative directed toward outstanding students in the College with significant debt associated with their education.  This program provides loan funds to postsecondary students who are completing or plan to complete coursework that is needed to begin a career in teaching, and who serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field.

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