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You’ve got options to help pay for your teacher preparation program.
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:
  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Key Vocabulary

A scholarship is a direct payment made to the student or the institution that student is attending. It is a set amount of funds awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement or financial need, along with demonstrated success and interest in specific areas defined by the scholarship.

  • Scholarships

    A scholarship is a direct payment made to the student or the institution that student is attending. It is a set amount of funds awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement or financial need, along with demonstrated success and interest in specific areas defined by the scholarship.

  • Loans

    A loan is a sum of money that can be used to help finance the cost of your education and is expected to be paid back with interest after you graduate. If loans are needed to pay for college, many students first take loans from the federal government because they tend to have more favorable rates, and then take private loans from a bank if they have maxed out on federal loans and still need additional funds.

  • Loan Forgiveness

    If a student commits to teaching for a set period of time, oftentimes in a certain geography, subject, or grade level, they can avoid having to pay some or all of their loans. Because they can be for substantial amounts, loan forgiveness is among the highest quality/value financing opportunities for handling the cost of education. However, each program varies so it is critical that candidates understand the specific requirements for the type of loans and amounts that can be forgiven, as well as the teaching commitment they must fulfill.

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility is the basic criteria you must meet in order to be able to apply for an opportunity such as a scholarship, grant, internship, or loan forgiveness program.

  • Application Process

    ​​​​​​To be considered for a scholarship, loan forgiveness, or other opportunity, you must proceed with the application process, which usually includes an application composed of a form or collection of forms. Additional materials, like recommendation letters, school transcripts and other documents that determine your eligibility, may also be required.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have information on resources outside of the US?

    TEACH.org currently only provides support and information for opportunities specific to those seeking teaching opportunities within the United States.

  • When do I receive the funding and what can I use it for?

    If you have been awarded a scholarship or grant, depending on the terms of that award, you may receive it directly or it may be directly distributed to the institution that you are attending to offset tuition costs. Other opportunities, such as loan forgiveness, may be distributed in other ways like directly reflected in the remaining balance of your loans. Each method of distribution is unique to the opportunity and you will find additional details for each specific process on the information page or original website for each opportunity itself.

  • How and when do I need to apply to these opportunities?

    Most scholarship, grant and internship opportunities have specific deadlines that are available on their information page and website. Usually these pages also provide instructions to aid you in the application process.

  • Are there special scholarships and opportunities that are relevant to my situation (e.g., diversity, region I'm from, where/what I want to teach, etc...)?

    ​​​​​​Yes, through TEACH.org’s search tool you can select specific criteria unique to you such as your location, background, subject(s) of interest, and other details that may qualify you for opportunities that are most relevant to your situation.

  • Do I need financial aid?

    If you don’t apply for financial aid, you’ll have to pay for your training out of your own pocket, as it’s due. So why not let Uncle Sam (and some other folks) lend a hand? When you apply for financial aid, you can receive scholarships, grants and loans to help you pay for your undergrad or grad training, so you can focus on what’s truly important: becoming an awesome teacher!

  • What types of aid are available for prospective teachers?

    Depending on your program type, you may be eligible for grants, scholarships, student loans or loan forgiveness.

  • Can I work during my training?

    You may be able to reduce or eliminate the cost of your training by earning a paycheck while you’re working towards getting certified. Some teacher training programs allow you to teach while completing your requirements. Others have flexible schedules or work-study options.

  • How do I apply for aid?

    For university-based programs, it’s usually all about the FAFSA. Most other scholarship, grant and internship opportunities offer instructions for applying on their websites. 

    Pro tip: Contact the teacher preparation program you plan to attend before you apply. They can help you determine your eligibility and options for aid, as well as walk you through how to apply.

  • When should I apply for aid?

    If your program is part of a college or university, you’ll want to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible to meet deadlines for scholarship and grant opportunities. Find your state’s priority deadline on the federal student aid website.

    Your educator preparation program might have a list of additional aid options with deadlines.