Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

AETP - Student Teaching

The Attracting Excellence to Teaching - Student Teaching (AETP-ST) provides a one-time forgivable loan to eligible students who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate teacher education program at an eligible Nebraska institution working towards their initial certificates to teach in Nebraska during their student teaching semester.

Eligible students may apply for an AETP-ST loan in an amount of $3,000 that would be awarded during their student teaching semester. In return for receiving an AETP-ST 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.

Questions regarding the AETP-ST may be directed to the financial aid office of the institution in which you are currently enrolled or to Kelcy Sass at 531-207-3872 or

Funding is provided by the Excellence in Teaching Cash Fund using a portion of the State Lottery Operation Trust Fund dollars.

Related Information

AETP-ST Information Sheet

AETP-ST Application

AETP-ST Application Process

AETP-ST Sample Contract Language

Nebraska Teacher Shortage Reports

Very Sparse School Districts in Nebraska

USDE Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory – for low income school designation

Rule 1 – Regulations Governing the Excellence in Teaching Act (Coming soon)

2022 Excellence in Teaching Act Status Report