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Federal Resources

The U.S. Department of Education offers select loans for
students pursuing graduate degrees.

To determine eligibility for such loans, you are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. USF's Office of Financial Aid provides information on federal loans available to graduate students. For additional information on these loans or on filing the FAFSA, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (415) 422-2020.

Candidates for "Reading Certificate Only" are not eligible for federal student loans. Non-degree seeking students can apply for private student loans. See OneStop website for a list of private loan offerings.

Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on their FFEL and/or Direct Loan program loans.

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/cancelstaff.jsp

Perkins Loan Forgiveness

You qualify for cancellation (discharge) of up to 100 percent of a Federal Perkins Loan if:

  • you have served full time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system as a teacher in a school serving students from low-income families; or
  • you are a special-education teacher, including teachers of infants, toddlers, children, or youth with disabilities; or
  • you are a teacher in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign languages, or bilingual education, or in any other field of expertise determined by a state education agency to have a shortage of qualified teachers in that state.

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/cancelperk.jsp

Troops to Teachers Program (TTT)

Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military veterans begin new careers as teachers in K-12 public, private, and charter schools where their skills, knowledge, and experience are most needed. State and regional Troops to Teachers offices provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. Additionally, generous financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals who wish to serve as teachers in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families.

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Other Federal Programs

For additional information on federal student aid, visit Student Aid on the Web, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Education.

Website: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/gradstudent.jsp