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Fund Your Teacher Training

You’ve got options to help pay for your teacher preparation program.

Make Your Teacher Preparation Affordable

It's understandable to have your eye on the cost of teacher preparation programs. The good news is that there are many opportunities to reduce or even eliminate the need for loan repayment. Here are a few cost-saving strategies to consider:
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    Apply for teacher training scholarships.

    Whether you’re in high school, college, graduate school, or a teacher, there are lots of opportunities that you may be eligible for. Learn more about over 50 scholarships that all pay at least $1000.

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    Get your training as part of your undergraduate education.

    You can avoid having to pay tuition for a graduate school program by completing all of the coursework and training that you need to become a certified teacher as part of your Bachelor’s degree. Sometimes it’s as simple as majoring in education; other times there are “blended” programs where you complete teaching certification requirements separate from your major. Just remember, requirements differ state by state. Start your search for undergraduate programs now. 

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    Earn a salary while completing your coursework.

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree, but haven’t completed a teacher preparation program, you can explore alternative certification programs that allow you to take coursework while you start working in the classroom. Some programs follow a hands-on “residency” program where you may earn a stipend as a teacher-in-training before leading a classroom, while others provide an opportunity to work as a full-time teacher once you complete your pre-service training. Explore different pathways to certification, or start your search for specific programs.

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    Apply for other scholarships and financial aid.

    In addition to what you will find in the TEACH.org database, there’s a whole universe of other scholarship, financial aid, and loan opportunities relevant for anyone pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across the US, or in a specific state, region, or university.

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    Explore loan forgiveness programs.

    If you are willing to commit to teaching in high-demand schools or subjects like math, science and special education for a few years after you graduate, the federal government and many states have created programs to forgive some or all of the loans that students acquire while in school. Learn more about these programs.

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