To help with the costs of teacher licensure, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) offers The Diversity License Expense Reimbursement Program to assist educators who meet the definition of “diverse” with expenses related to the cost of becoming licensed. Eligible expenses must have been paid by the applicant, and directly related to the process for becoming a licensed educator.
- Offers reimbursement through the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to cover expenses affiliated with becoming licenses.
- Learn more about applying at TSPC website.
Tips for Candidates
“Diverse” in this case means culturally or linguistically diverse characteristics of a person, including:
- Origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa but is not Hispanic;
- Hispanic culture or origin, regardless of race;
- Origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent or the Pacific Islands;
- Origins in any of the original peoples of North America, including American Indians or Alaskan Natives; or
- A first language that is not English.
Reimbursable costs include:
- TSPC license application fees
- Fingerprint costs to TSPC or FieldPrint
- Assessment costs (includes required tests or approved performance assessments)
- Mileage costs from your residence to a testing center and back
- Transcripts or foreign transcript evaluation
- Tuition costs for tutoring or remedial courses otherwise ineligible for financial aid but necessary to achieve your license
- You can learn more about the process for applying for reimbursement at TSPC’s website.