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In addition to general School of Education scholarships, Urban Education & Social Justice MA students may also be eligible for the following program-specific funding opportunities.
The USF School of Education offers a 40% reduced CST tuition rate in order to increase the number and diversity of credentialed teachers in Catholic schools.
This tuition rate is available for candidates who are in a teaching credential program (except SFTR) or in a Reading Certificate program, and providing a needed service to Catholic schools. To qualify for the CST tuition rate, candidates must submit a Recommendation Form from a supervising teacher/staff and/or the principal/head of a Catholic school that documents how the service provided to that school supports the educational success of underserved groups of students. All forms, regardless of recommender, must be signed by the principal/head of Catholic school.
This reduced rate is available for students who are providing needed service in one of two ways, namely, as:
Candidates applying for the CST tuition rate must submit the CST Rate Recommendation Form to the School of Education, from a supervising teacher/staff and the school principal/head of the school detailing either the candidate’s employment or volunteer involvement in the school and recommendation to receive the tuition rate. The forms should be sent in advance of candidates starting the program and no later than September 1st for fall, February 1st for spring, and June 1st for summer sessions.
Please note that for candidates who are determining their loan packages with the USF Financial Aid office we advise you to submit the CST Rate Recommendation Form no later than 10 days before the start of the semester.
The form includes:
To continue qualifying for the CST tuition rate in succeeding semesters, candidates must submit a Renewal Recommendation Form from a supervising teacher/staff and/or the principal/head of the Catholic school where they have been working or volunteering recommending continuation of the tuition rate. The renewal form must verify the work or service and time commitment completed in the previous semester; the impact the candidate’s work or service has had on the educational success of underserved groups of students; and a description of the work or service to be done, as well as time commitment (at least 3 hours a week of on-site, school-related work) for the upcoming semester. The renewal forms should be sent no later than September 1st for fall, February 1st for spring, and June 1st for summer sessions. Bills for the upcoming semester will show the CST discounted tuition rate. If, by the deadlines posted above, candidates have not submitted a CST Renewal Form, they will be billed at the full tuition rate.
Candidates who elect to do their student teaching requirement in a Catholic School will be eligible for the CST Reduced Tuition Rate during the semester of their student teaching placement. To obtain the tuition rate, candidates and Catholic school principal/heads must complete the CST Verification of Student Placement Form by the deadline posted above.
All forms for the Catholic Educator Reduced Tuition Rate should be submitted to CST Rate Recommendations & Renewals
The Riccardo P. Molinari Endowment Scholarship fund is for SOE Bilingual Authorization Multiple or Single Subject teacher education students who are full time, in good standing, and have demonstrated financial need.
Three scholarships of $2,750 each are available to students currently enrolled in the USF School of Education Teacher Education Program. Funds will be disbursed spring semester. The funds are restricted to meet tuition expenses.
The Molinari Scholarship application, essay, and paragraph on your financial need must be submitted by November 30th.
Students enrolled in the San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR) program will receive a discounted tuition rate during the program as well as a $15,000 living stipend. Upon successful completion of all program requirements, candidates are offered employment contracts to teach in one of San Francisco Unified's hard to staff schools or subjects.
We will offer reduced tuition for SFUSD employees, who begin any of our preliminary credential-plus-MA programs (e.g., MAT, MATR, UESJ, SPED; SFTR already has this rate) at the San Francisco Hilltop Campus (not additional locations) starting in spring, summer, or fall, if employees meet these criteria:
Note: Students are only eligible for one type of reduced tuition, e.g. students who receive the SFUSD Employee Discount Rate are not eligible for the Catholic Educator Reduced Tuition Rate.
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The TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000* per year to graduate students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in teaching. In order to be eligible for this grant a student must:
Ed Specialist (Special Education) Credential – Aisha Ortega
Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (USF additional locations) – Sandi Fenderson
Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (USF Hilltop Campus) – Teacher Education Department
* The actual amount of the grant is determined annually and dependent on Federal funding
The University of San Francisco’s Teacher Education Department has partnered with The Presidio Hill School to offer The USF & Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program in Progressive Education.
Students accepted to the USF & Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program complete a two-year teaching apprenticeship with a master teacher at Presidio Hill School while earning a master's degree and California teaching credential from the USF School of Education. Apprentices work with their master teacher at Presidio Hill School for the full school week and attend graduate courses at USF in the evening. Additionally, apprentices will complete a short student teaching placement in a public school classroom. Apprentices receive a $25,000 per year stipend and ongoing classroom support.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.