OSPI National Board Conditional Loan
National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs)
The OPSI conditional loan is awarded to select applicants in Washington state who express written intent to enroll in and complete the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification process. The application is based, in part, on a series of essay questions and several federal-and-state required demographic considerations.
The application is completed through the Education Data System under "NBPTS Scholarship." Applications are not accepted until June 27th. Any application that is submitted prior to June 27th will need to be resubmitted during the application window.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Three initial component purchases: $1,425 toward the $1,900 assessment fee (no more, no less)
- Loan recipients pay $475 for their first component
- Loan recipients pay the $75 annual enrollment fee to NBPTS
Prior to applying for a conditional loan, a candidate must:
- Verify eligibility for NBPTS candidacy
- Read and accept the loan commitments in the online system
- Be employed in a Washington state K-12 public school during the 2020-2021 school year
- Read the NBPTS standards
- Agree to fully participate in all cohort meetings and complete all registered components
- Submit a letter of support from a building or district administrator (specifying the resources the candidate will be allowed to access e.g., time, money, equipment, expertise, building access on weekends, release time, copier, video camera, help with videotaping, postage, etc.)
Upon receiving a conditional loan, a loan recipient must:
- Accept the loan through the online system
- Complete and mail in an original signed promissory note to OSPI
- Register with and fully participate in an OSPI-approved cohort.
- Cohort participation is required for each component. This includes attending a National Board Foundations course offered through an OSPI-approved cohort or WEA Jump Start
- Register with NBPTS and pay for one component prior to December 31st. Please note that for purposes of the conditional loan this is earlier than the NBPTS deadline. Recipients are encouraged to purchase Component 1 (if planning to complete this component in the same year as receiving the conditional loan) so that they may acquire a test center appointment as early as possible
- Recipients who certify as a NBCT will have the total loan amount ($1,425) deducted from their first NBCT bonus check
- Recipients who choose to no longer pursue candidacy, exhaust the candidacy window, or certify but are not eligible for the NBCT bonus will be placed on a three year repayment plan ($50 per month minimum). The loan may also be repaid in full.
- The conditional loan is interest-free