8-15: Information About Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory Updates

Posted Date: August 15, 2017

Author:  John Kane, Acting Service Director, Program Management, Federal Student Aid

Subject: Information About Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory Updates

This announcement is to advise post-secondary schools that the Department of Education (the Department) sent emails to the states and territories regarding their submission of updated lists of low-income schools and educational service agencies for inclusion in the Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. This directory is also known as the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory (TCLI Directory) and is available at

The TCLI Directory is a list of elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families and is used to determine the eligibility of teachers for loan cancellation under the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, and loan forgiveness under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. The list is also used to determine if a teacher has satisfied certain aspects of the teaching obligation in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. If a state does not update its list of low-income schools, Perkins Loan, FFEL and Direct Loan borrowers, and TEACH Grant recipients who teach in the state may not receive federal program benefits to which they may be entitled.

The Department provides authorized state officials with the ability to electronically update the list of schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families at any time. Although only authorized state officials may update TCLI information, anyone may search the TCLI Directory by simply clicking on the "Search" box on the home page. Schools may find the TCLI Directory helpful when counseling students who are planning to become teachers. Graduating students may find it helpful in order to take advantage of the cancellation and forgiveness benefits available to teachers or to target their job searches.

Note: Teaching in a Designated Low-Income School is not the same as teaching in a Teacher Shortage Area.  For information on benefits applicable to borrowers teaching in Federally-designated teacher shortage areas, see the Teacher Shortage Nationwide Listing at

Contact Information

If you have questions about the schools that have been included in the TCLI Directory, contact the appropriate state agency. The list of state contacts is available by clicking on the "State Contact Information" link at the top of the TCLI Directory home page.

If you have questions about the TCLI Directory website, contact the Campus-Based Call Center at 877/801-7168. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. (ET). You may also email [email protected].


Email to State and Territorial Education Agency Officials in PDF Format, 135KB, 2 Pages


Publication Date: 8/15/2017

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