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Be a Teacher Loan Program

Getting More Teachers in LOCAL schools. Our partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Community First, a financial cooperative, is the former Sonoma County Schools Credit Union. Who better to help open the doors to people who want to become teachers and to contribute their expertise and passion to our LOCAL schools?

In partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) and its new North Coast School of Education, Community First puts schools first with an innovative loan program to help intern teachers pay their tuition.

Introducing our "Be a Teacher" Intern Loan Program

Amount: maximum loan of $8,500 –– split into two annual loans of $4,250 each

Rate: even though this is a post-graduate program, as well as an unsecured loan, we mimicked the advantageous 2016 Stafford undergraduate rate of 4.29% (APR)

Term: to be paid back over a 48-month period; no pre-payment penalty

How do I find out more?

SCOE has details about the program here, and what's needed by the prospective teacher (completion through step #3) prior to applying for a loan.

Additionally, should you have questions about the loan, kindly contact our in-house education loan expert, Rebecca Nystrom-Brito (, or call 707/543-2654)

Instead, I am interested in the new Administrative Induction Program.

Although a different program, with different curricula, it does use the same loan parameters as does the Be a Teacher program. To find out more about this program, here are details from SCOE.

I want to apply now ...

Like what you see, read and hear about this opportunity? Here is the Be a Teacher application.

And here is the application. for the Administrative Induction Program.

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