Financial Resources

Federal financial aid, state, and university resources are available as funding to newly admitted and current USF School of Education students.

In order to offset the cost of graduate education tuition, many School of Education courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and/or on alternating weekends. Most students find they can maintain a full time job while earning their credential, master’s or doctoral degree. However, if your program requires you to spend time in a classroom (e.g. student teaching) or to complete a fieldwork or traineeship experience, such commitments will interfere with a normal workday. Please consult your intended program of study for more information.

*Note: Students enrolled in the School of Education's Certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). 

General Scholarships

The following scholarships are available to all USF School of Education master's or doctoral students. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements outlined in the scholarship description.


Accepted students may receive scholarships to cover between one and six credits of tuition* in the first year of their program. All accepted students are automatically considered for these scholarships – there is no additional application.
* Scholarship funds include endowments from the SOE general scholarship fund.


This scholarship program recognizes and encourages USF School of Education students who are and/or seek to be transformative change agents in their schools, professions and communities. This scholarship is awarded to any School of Education graduate student who demonstrates outstanding dedication and vision for equitable conditions in schools and communities, domestically and internationally. Selected students can receive up to three credits of tuition.*


The Social Justice Scholarship is open to USF students enrolled in programs at the Hilltop Campus, at USF's additional locations, and online. (Newly admitted students are not eligible.) Past recipients of the scholarship are eligible to apply again, but preference will be given to those who have not yet received the scholarship and who meet the criteria. Dual Degree in Teacher Preparation students entering their fifth year of the MA/credential program may apply.


Student must demonstrate:

  • Previous and/or current experience in community service and engagement,
  • Commitment to developing partnerships with marginalized youth, schools and/or communities,
  • Personal and professional background related to issues of marginalization and social justice, AND
  • Demonstrated financial need.

Application Process

  • Student completes online application.
  • Within the application, student uploads their answer to the following essay prompt: In 300 words or less, please explain how you meet the criteria for this scholarship and why you would like to be considered.

Application Deadlines

Completed application must be received by the following dates to be considered for the corresponding semester:

  • Intersession and Spring Scholarships: November 30
  • Summer Scholarships: March 30
  • Fall Scholarships: April 30

    Please note the following: 
    *Any applications received after the deadline may still be considered. However, funding may not be posted to your account before Census date.
    *Applicants that do not follow the instructions, submit partial applications, or miss the deadline will not be considered or contacted. Scholarship recipients will be notified via USF email within one month of the application deadline.
    * Scholarship funds include endowments from the SOE general scholarship fund.

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Education awards a number of Graduate Assistantships each year, allowing students to work with a Faculty Mentor in the areas of research, teaching or professional development. Selected students will be paid an hourly rate of $16.39* (subject to change) for up to 200 hours per fiscal year (hours must be utilized by May 20).


  • Students must be admitted to and enrolled in a graduate program in the School of Education
  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment status (part-time students are eligible only if a written exception request is submitted to Kathleen Antokhin, Assistant Director of Student Employment, and approval is awarded)
  • The proposed project must have a strong mentorship component, so that students are able to strengthen their research, teaching, or professional skills

Application Process

  • School of Education full-time faculty member (aka Faculty Mentor) selects student(s) with whom they will work and supervise
  • Faculty Mentor completes online Faculty Application
  • Student completes online Student Application (including submission of their résumé/CV and unofficial transcript) 
  • Student obtains Work Clearance Form from Student Enrollment Services

NOTE: A student may not begin working as a Graduate Assistant until their Work Clearance Form is on file with the School of Education

Application Deadlines

  • All applications must be submitted by May 21
  • The work may begin June 1

* Scholarship funds include endowments from the SOE general scholarship fund.

The Conference Presentation Stipend

All currently enrolled master's and doctoral School of Education students are eligible to apply for the Conference Presentation Stipend to assist in conference expenses. Applications will be reviewed by the applicant's department chairperson and faculty members.


Applicants must have been officially accepted to present (e.g. individual presentation, panel presentation, poster presentation) at a professional — national or international — conference related to their field(s) of study. Special Status students are not eligible to apply.


The Conference Presentation Stipend 1) can only be used to cover conference-related costs such as travel/transportation, registration, accommodations and/or printing/duplicating costs; 2) is granted as reimbursement after all receipts of covered expenses have been submitted (original receipts must be submitted to the SOE Dean's Office immediately after the conference); 3) can fund a student for only one conference per term, determined as per the date of the conference (Term 1: January-July / Term 2: August - December).


The Conference Presentation Stipend cannot exceed $200 per term.


Interested students should apply as soon as they receive their conference acceptance letter. To apply fill out the false (also available in the SOE Dean's Office and from department program assistants). Submit the completed form to the student's department chairperson.

Fellowship for African Students

The Fellowship for African Students was established in honor of Fr. Martin Muruli. This fellowship provides up to $6,000 during each semester ($18,000 per academic year) for students from African countries currently enrolled in a School of Education graduate program. Priority will be given to students from Kenya. 


  • Priority consideration will be given to students admitted from Kenya
  • If there are no students admitted from Kenya, students from other countries within Africa will be considered

Application Process

Submit online application

Application Deadlines

  • Intersession and Spring Scholarships: November 30
  • Summer Scholarships: March 30
  • Fall Scholarships: April 30

    *Please note: Any applications received after the deadline may still be considered. However, funding may not be posted to your account before Census date.

School of Education Undocumented Student Scholarship

The School of Education is pleased to offer financial support to incoming and current undocumented and DACAmented students enrolled in any School of Education program (Hilltop or regional campuses). In recognition of the social change efforts that many of our undocumented students are engaged in, the scholarship responds to the social, cultural and political stressors undocumented and DACAmented students face. Awards will be given in the amount of up to $5,000 dollars.

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the online application for the School of Education Scholarship for Undocumented Students. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Our committee seeks to make decisions within four weeks after application is submitted. Your application will be reviewed by a group of School of Education faculty and staff dedicated to supporting undocumented and DACAmented students. Your application will be handled with the utmost care and confidentiality.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Lisa Klope, Associate Director of Admission of Outreach, at

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undocumented or DACAmented student
  • Incoming or current student in any School of Education program (Hilltop or regional campuses)
  • Candidates with financial need will be prioritized, but all will be considered
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are actively engaged in education advocacy, immigrant rights, or other work related to supporting undocumented students

State and Federal Resources

The following programs are administered by various agencies in the State of California and around the United States. 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).

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  • Students must be nominated for APLE, and nominations are not made until after students begin an approved teacher preparation program at USF.

Cal Grant Program
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.

Perkins Loan Cancellation and Discharge
You may be eligible to have all or a portion of your Perkins Loan canceled (based on your employment or volunteer service) or discharged (under certain conditions). This includes Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation.

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 Federal Family Education Loan and/or Direct Loan program loans.

Teach Grant
The TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per year to graduate students who are completing course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

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.

External Resources

The following scholarship resources are not associated with the University of San Francisco and are provided here as a general service to students.