In addition to general School of Education scholarships, teaching credential students may also be eligible for the following program-specific funding opportunities.
Catholic Educator Reduced Tuition Rate
A 40% reduced tuition rate is available to students who are Catholic school employees, teachers, or volunteers, or students who are connected to a Catholic organization and who are applying to a USF teacher credential program. Continuing and newly admitted students are welcome to apply.
The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG)
GSTG is for students who are currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program to earn a preliminary credential in a high need field and commit to teach at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program.
Marin Diverse Educator Scholarship
The Marin Diverse Educator Scholarship supports USF teaching credential candidates who intend to work as a teacher in Marin County public schools. The scholarship recipient will receive $20,000 towards their first year of tuition at USF. Preference toward Marin Freedom School Teachers and teachers with a background in Math or Science. Candidates pursuing other subject matter content areas are welcome to apply. Newly admitted students are welcome to apply.
Ricardo P. Molinari Endowment Scholarship
The Ricardo P. Molinari Endowment Scholarship fund is for a single or multiple subject USF teacher education student who is full-time, in good standing, and has demonstrated financial need. Three awards of $2,750 each are available to continuing students (newly admitted students are not eligible).
We will offer a reduced tuition rate for SFUSD employees who begin any of our preliminary teacher credential programs offered at USF’s San Francisco (Hilltop) campus. Students must meet eligibility requirements. Continuing and newly admitted students are welcome to apply.
The TEACH Grant provide up to $4,000 per year to graduate students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in teaching. Continuing and newly admitted students are welcome to apply.
USF and Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program
Students accepted to the USF and Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice program complete a two-year teaching apprenticeship with a master teacher while earning a master’s degree and California teaching credential from the USF School of Education. Apprentices work with their master teacher for the full school week and attend graduate courses at USF in the evening. Apprentices receive a $25,000 per year stipend and ongoing classroom support. This program enrolls every other year and is open only to newly admitted students.
State Resources 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.
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.