• The South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement’s Undergraduate Loan Forgiveness Program is available to all classroom teachers in districts eligible to participate in the Rural Teacher Recruitment and Retention Initiative (RRI) pursuant to FY21 Proviso 1A.51.  Orangeburg County School District is a 2020-21 participant in this initiative that gives classroom teachers the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 to help pay down undergraduate loan balances. 

    Attached you will find a Program Packet for OCSD teachers who are currently employed in the district in a classroom setting. Assistant teachers, media specialists, reading coaches, school counselors, and speech-language pathologists are not eligible to participate. The Packet should explain in full, the application process and provide all the necessary forms for you to complete and submit. I encourage all interested OCSD classroom teachers to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document in the Packet.  Teachers if you wish to apply, please note that the completed application and all required documentation must be delivered to CERRA between June 14, 2021, and August 4, 2021. Applications and required documentation delivered before June 14, 2021, or after August 4, 2021, will not be considered.

    This year, CERRA is offering two online Zoom webinar opportunities for teachers for additional information on this loan forgiveness opportunity. While the meetings are optional,  Dr. Jenna Hallman will discuss the application process and answer as many questions as possible. Advanced registration is required. The meeting dates, times, and registration links are listed below and can be accessed by holding the Ctrl button and clicking on the word "here" at the same time.

    Rural District Undergraduate Loan Forgiveness Program Webinar #1
    Wednesday, May 19th
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Registration is available here

    Rural District Undergraduate Loan Forgiveness Program Webinar #2
    Monday, June 7th
    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Registration is available here

    Teachers if you have questions about the application process or your specific situation, please refer to the FAQ document or send your question(s) to loanforgiveness@cerra.org.

    We are grateful that you’ve chosen Orangeburg County School District to share your unique talents and hope that this Loan Forgiveness opportunity will be another reason that you are proud to call OCSD home.