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Teacher Recruitment and Retention Tuition Assistance Program, GETSET and SETTA

Reentry Program

Educational resources for addressing the needs of our released student/inmates

https://lincs.ed.gov/reentryed/

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

 

The Arizona Association of County School Superintendents has teamed up with Fiducius to bring an AMAZING opportunity for Teachers (past and present) with student loans!  This is an organization that knows the rules the law and will help you fill out the necessary paperwork regarding Loan Relief benefit (these services are similar to services we use to assist us with our taxes).

NEW PUBLIC SERVICE LOAN FORGIVENESS NUMBERS: The Education Department on Thursday also released updated statistics on the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. As of Sept. 30, only 206 borrowers have had their loans, totaling $12.3 million, discharged under the program. More than 32,000 borrowers had their applications denied "due to not meeting program requirements" and another 11,892 were denied for "missing information."

Trying to understand all the possible ways to better manage your student loans is a daunting task. We are pleased to offer a new Loan Relief benefit from Fiducius (formerly ISLoan Solutions). With their financial planning approach, the student loan Advisors at Fiducius help you navigate and determine your best option, including forgiveness, refinancing and consolidation.

 

It’s easy to get started with this new benefit. You can determine your eligibility and potential savings in just a few minutes by visiting

 

https://aacss-cochise.myfiducius.com/register

University South Foundation Mini-Grants

The University South Foundation, offers mini grants to defer the cost of bus transportation and lunch for classes visiting the campus.  The students time is split between the Patterson Observatory and the Discovery Gardens with some classes opting for additional time with Water Wise SNAP Ed and other programs of the UA Cooperative Education facility.  

While at the observatory, it is volunteers from the Huachuca Astronomy Club with whom students interact.  Students safety view the sun through properly filtered telescopes and learn about solar phenomena (we use programs provided by the NASA Night Sky Network).  They tour the facility (there are science displays), learn about meteorites (with materials provided by the Planetary Science Institute) and participate in activities designed by the NISE (National informal Science Educator) Network.  A very popular one is the “Pocket Solar System” where students create their own scale model of the solar system with adding machine tape and planet stickers.  

The club also accommodates teacher requests for astronomy themed events at their schools and can arrange for in-class visits.  I (as a NASA Solar System Ambassador) have visited several classes to talk about the exploration of our solar system.  I am trained and updated by NASA for the purpose.  

Teachers can apply for the mini grants for school field trips here: http://www.universitysouthfoundation.com/fieldtrip-application 

They can ask about evening visits to the Patterson Observatory for their classes by contacting the foundation office at 520 458-8278 ext 2129 or emailing  Ted Forte, tedforte511@gmail.com.   

Other astronomy themed events can be arranged by emailing info@hacastronomy.org