The following programs are administered by various agencies in the State of California. Please consult each program's website for further information.
The APLE program is a state-funded competitive teacher incentive program administered by the California Student Aid Commission. It is primarily designed to encourage outstanding students who want to become K-12 teachers:
- in subject areas where a critical shortage has been identified
(such as math, science, and special education) or
- in designated schools that meet the criteria established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction
(such as low income and low performing schools).
Students must be nominated for APLE, and nominations are not made until
after students begin an approved teacher preparation program at USF. For more information, email our APLE coordinator or call (415)
If you are currently an undergraduate student with a Cal Grant A or B and plan to enroll in a teacher credential program, you may be eligible to renew your Cal Grant award for an additional year. The additional year of payment is provided to students who are seeking an initial teaching credential and cannot be used for other graduate level courses of study.
For additional information on this opportunity and how to apply it to
your studies at USF, you may also contact USF’s Office of Financial Aid at (415) 422-2020.
Through the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP), the California State University (CSU) provides financial assistance in the form of a student loan to a limited number of individuals pursuing doctoral degrees. The program seeks to provide loans to doctoral students who are interested in applying and competing for CSU instructional faculty positions after completion of the doctoral degree.
The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential faculty by supporting doctoral aspirations of California State University (CSU) students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.