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MS Teacher Benefits, Incentives, Scholarships and Loan Forgiveness

The Mississippi Department of Education and a host of partners provide a variety of benefits, incentives and assistance programs. These programs are for Mississippi teachers of those that are considering relocating into Mississippi and pursuing a teaching career. Keep in mind that you may qualify for assistance from both state and federal programs.

Mississippi Teacher Benefits

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Loan Repayment Programs

Loan Forgiveness

Important: The Mississippi Department of Education does not administrate your student loan. If you have questions about your loan, please contact Mississippi Office of State Student Financial Aid 1-800-327-2980, or Federal Student Aid 1-800-433-3243.

Critical Shortage Area Incentatives

2024/2025 Critical Shortage Areas and Subjects:

These incentives attract qualified teachers to those geographical areas of the state and subject area shortage school districts as designated by the State Board of Education (Subject areas of Math, SPED, Science and Foreign Languages).

Moving Expense Reimbursement

  •  Benefits (reimbursement maximum of $1,000)
  •  Requirements (district approval; one-time award only)

Contact the local school district office and the MDE Office of School Financial Services: 601-359-3294 /

 Housing Assistance for Teachers

  • Benefits (maximum grant of $6,000 which pays closing costs for teachers)
  • Requirements (house must be in same county as school district)

Contact MS Home Corporation at 601-718-4642 /
2024-2025 MS Critical Shortage Subject Areas - Geographical Areas as Aproved by SBE July 2024