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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 (i.e. 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.

USF Resources

Admission Scholarships

Accepted students may receive scholarships to cover 3-6 units of coursework in the first year of their program. Scholarship recipients will be notified at time of admission.
* Scholarship funds include endowments from the SOE general scholarship, Oricello, Winberry, Oaks and Yellow Ribbon.

Allen and Dorothy Calvin Doctoral Dissertation Grant

The Allen and Dorothy Calvin Doctoral Dissertation Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to promising School of Education doctoral students to assist with their doctoral research. The School of Education Doctoral Program Policies Committee will review the applications.


All School of Education doctoral students who have been advanced to candidacy are eligible to apply. Up to $1,000 will be awarded twice per academic year (one each semester) after a competitive review process.


  • Spring: Application due by USF Census Date / Scholarship awarded in March.
  • Fall: Application due by USF Census Date / Scholarship awarded in October.


Applications may be submitted via email to your department Program Assistant, or may be mailed to:

Doctoral Program Policies Committee
USF School of Education
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco CA 94117-1071

For more information, please contact your department Program Assistant.

Catholic Educator Reduced Tuition Rate

This tuition rate is available for candidates who are in a teaching credential program or in a Reading Certificate program, and providing a needed service to Catholic schools. 
The current tuition rate may be found on our Tuition page » TED Catholic School.
Eligible applicants must submit forms of recommendation from their school principal. 
Forms Details about what to include in the letter and other eligibility requirements can be found on the Catholic School Tuition Rate policy.

Additional required documentation:

For more information, please contact Jasmine Martinez, Assistant to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at (415) 422-2874 or jmartinez26@usfca.edu.

The Conference Presentation Stipend

All currently enrolled Masters and Doctoral School of Education students are eligible to apply for the Conference Presentation Stipend to assist in conference expenses. (Special status students are not eligible to apply.) Applications will be reviewed by the applicant's department chair and faculty members.

Eligibility 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.

Conference Presentation Stipend:

  • can only be used to cover conference-related costs such as travel/transportation, registration, accommodations and/or printing/duplicating costs;
  • is granted as reimbursement after all receipts of covered expenses have been submitted (original receipts must be submitted to the Dean's Office immediately after the conference);
  • 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).
Amount The Conference Presentation Stipend cannot exceed $200 per term.
Application Interested students should:

Application should be submitted to the student's department Chairperson. Guidelines (PDF)

Contact For more information, please contact your department Program Assistant.

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Education awards a number of Graduate Assistantships each academic year to allow students to work with a faculty mentor in the areas of research, teaching or professional development. Selected students will be paid an hourly rate for up to 200 hours per academic year.

  • School of Education full-time faculty members will select students with whom they will work and supervise on the approved project or assignment.
  • Students must be admitted to and enrolled in either a master's or Doctoral program in the School of Education.
  • The proposed project must have a strong mentorship component so students have opportunities that strengthen their research, teaching or professional skills.
  • Summer and Fall: April 15 (Extended to May 15 for Summer and Fall 2015)
  • Spring: November 15
  • School of Education full-time faculty members select students with whom they will work.
  • Faculty Mentor completes online Faculty Application.
  • Student completes online Student Application.
  • Student submits current résumé/CV and unofficial transcript as a SINGLE PDF titled “First Name_Last Name_GA Application” via email to Connor Cook (cgcook@usfca.edu).

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

Higher Education and Student Affairs Internship

The Higher Education and Student Affairs program offers an optional internship experience. The compensation packages vary by position. Details are found on the Graduate Student Life Employment page.


For more information, please contact Charlotte Salinas in Student Leadership and Engagement.

International & Multicultural Education Scholarship

The IME department awards between 3-9 units for competitively selected EdD students in International and Multicultural Education who have been granted full admission after passing the portfolio review. Candidates are chosen based upon strong academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to students in the later stages of the doctoral process.

James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarships

Up to eight scholarships of $6,000 each are available to current students in the USF School of Education Teacher Education Program for Fall 2015.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Students must be Teacher Credential Candidates who are in their first year of the Teacher Education program.
  • Students must have at least 7 units of coursework remaining in subsequent semesters (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016).
  • Students who are committed to promoting literacy and instilling a lasting love of reading in their students.
  • Applicant must be in academically good standing with the School of Education and the University (GPA 3.0+).
  • Priority will be given to students in the Teaching Reading program (MATR); other Teacher Education students are eligible for consideration.
  • Students accepted into the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program are not eligible for consideration.
  • Demonstrated financial need may be considered.

To apply, complete the application and essay by May 18, 2015. Send completed application and essay via email to teachered@usfca.edu or mail to the following address:

James Patterson Scholarship Committee
Teacher Education Department / School of Education
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Riccardo P. Molinari Endowment Scholarship

The Riccardo P. Molinari Endowment Scholarship fund is for a SOE single or multiple subject teacher education student who is full time, in good standing, and has demonstrated financial need. Funding is not available for the Fall 2015 semester.


For more information, please contact the Teacher Education Department.

Martin R. Muruli Fellowship

The Marin R. Muruli Fellowship will provide up to $7500 for a Kenyan student in any SOE program.

San Francisco Teacher Residency

Students enrolled in the SFTR program will receive 50% tuition remission and health care benefits during the program. 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.

SFTR students must commit to San Francisco Unified for three years after completion of the program.


For more information, please contact the Teacher Education Department.

Social Justice Scholarship

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 an award of 3 units of tuition. * Criteria include:

  • 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.

The Social Justice Scholarship is open to applicants enrolled in programs on the hilltop campus, branch campuses and online. Past recipients of the scholarship are eligible to apply again for future scholarships, but preference will be given to students that have not yet received the scholarship (and meet the criteria).

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the following in order to be considered for the Social Justice Scholarship:

  • Submit online application
  • Submit résumé (3 pages in length or less) and essay as one PDF document titled "First Name_Last Name_Social Justice Scholarship application" to Connor Cook at cgcook@usfca.edu

Essay: In 300 words or less, please explain how you meet the criteria for this scholarship and why you would like to be considered.


Application, résumé and essay must be received by the following dates to be considered for the corresponding semester:

  • Fall: August 1
  • Intersession: December 1
  • Spring: December 1

Special Education Interns

Students enrolled in our MA in Special Education with a Mild/Moderate Credential are eligible to work full time in a bay area school district and be paid a full time teacher’s salary while they go through the program.


For more information, please contact Lenna Onishi in the Department of Learning and Instruction.


The TEACH Grant provides up to $4000* per year to graduate students who are completing course work needed to begin a career in teaching. In order to be eligible for this grant a student must:

  • Complete a 2015-2016 FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Download, print & submit a completed grant application by May 29th for continuing students and August 15th for new students for the Fall 2015 semester;
  • Complete entrance counseling and sign an agreement to serve;
  • Be in the process of completing coursework and other requirements necessary to begin a career in teaching.

Students must ALSO qualify academically in ONE of the following ways:

  1. If the student is a graduate student during the first payment period (a first semester student), s/he must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, or the numeric equivalent; OR
  2. If the student is a graduate student beyond the first payment period (a continuing student), s/he must have a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale, or the numeric equivalent, through the most-recently completed payment period.

Within eight years of completing enrollment in a credential program, TEACH Grant recipients are required to:

  • Teach full-time for a minimum of four years.
  • Teach as a highly-qualified teacher at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency in a low-income school district, as defined in the Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory.
  • Teach in a high-need field, as defined by the Department of Education’s annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing, in the majority of classes taught during each elementary and secondary academic year.
  • Report the above information to the Department of Education within 120 days after ceasing enrollment and once a year thereafter.


This grant may convert to an Unsubsidized loan, including all applicable interest, if the above stated requirements are not met.

Students accepted into the San Francisco Teacher Residency Program are not eligible for the TEACH Grant.

If you are accepted into, or enrolled in, an eligible program and would like to apply for a TEACH Grant, please complete the TEACH Grant Request Form and submit it to your program coordinator listed below by May 29th for continuing students and August 15th for new students for the Fall 2015 semester:

Ed Specialist (Special Education) CredentialAisha Bolds
Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Branch Campuses)Sandi Fenderson
Single and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Hilltop)Rebekah Werth

* The actual amount of the grant is determined annually and dependent on Federal funding

Teacher Education Department Scholarships

Partial tuition, need-based scholarships are being offered on a competitive basis to a limited number of newly-admitted graduate students to the Teacher Education Department (TED) of the University of San Francisco for Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, as outlined in the application. Persons of color are particularly encouraged to apply for these awards. Funding is not available for the Fall 2015 semester.


For more information, please contact the Teacher Education Department.

The USF & Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program

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 beginning Fall 2015.

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.

  1. Candidates must apply & be accepted to both the USF Master of Arts in Teaching program on the USF Hilltop campus beginning Fall 2015 and the USF & Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program.
  2. Program open to Multiple Subject credential candidates on the Hilltop campus only.
  3. Candidates must have a deep interest in learning the practices of progressive education.
  4. Students participating in the Urban Education and Social Justice program or the San Francisco Teacher Residency program are ineligible to participate in the USF & Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program.


Interested applicants must submit an online application to the USF Teacher Education program in addition to completing the release and online application for the USF & Presidio Hill Teacher Apprentice Program.

The priority deadline for both applications is March 1, 2015. Both programs will continue to accept applications past this date if there is still space available.

  1. Submit an application for the USF Teacher Education Department
  2. Submit an application for the USF & Presidio Hill School Teacher Apprentice Program

Contact teachered@usfca.edu with questions.

State Resources

The following programs are administered by various agencies in the State of California. Please consult each program's website for further information.

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)

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:

  1. in subject areas where a critical shortage has been identified
    (such as math, science, and special education) or
  2. in designated schools that meet the criteria established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction
    (such as low income and low performing schools).

Website: http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=111

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) 422-2117.

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.

Website: http://www.calgrants.org/

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.

CSU Forgiveable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program

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.

Website: http://www.calstate.edu/hr/cdip/

California Pre-Doctoral Program/Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholars

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.

Website: http://www.calstate.edu/PreDoc/cpdp_program.shtml

Federal Resources

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

To determine eligibility for such loans, students are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). USF's One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services Office provides information on federal loans available to graduate students.

We encourage all students to fill out the FAFSA at the same time that they are applying for the program to secure funding.

For additional information on federal financial aid or on completing FAFSA, contact One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services Office at (415) 422-2020 or via email at onestop@usfca.edu.

NOTE: Candidates for "Reading Certificate Only" are not eligible for federal student loans. Non-degree seeking students can apply for private student loans. See the 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.

Links for more information:

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

Other Resources

Financing Graduate Education

The USF Graduate Admission office has recommends the following resources for financing your graduate education:

Scholarship Search Websites

Additional financial assistance may be found with a little work and research. You may find the following free scholarship search web sites helpful:

Private Educational Loans

A private student loan is a non-federal loan offered to help students meet a gap between their cost of education and any other aid they may have accepted. USF's One Stop Enrollment and Financial Services office provides helpful information to those considering private funding sources.

Private Scholarships/Fellowships

The following list includes funding opportunities offered by private agencies and foundations. Please consult the organizations’ web sites for details on these opportunities.

Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program

The Alston/Bannerman Scholarship Program is committed to advancing progressive social change by helping to sustain long-time activists of color. This program honors those who have devoted their lives to helping their communities organize racial, social, economic and environmental justice. It provides resources for such organizers to take sabbaticals for reflection and renewal.www.alstonbannerman.org

American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants

One of the world's largest sources of funding for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation provides millions of dollars in fellowships, grants, and special awards to outstanding women each academic year. Due to the generous contributions of AAUW members across the U.S., a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities --breaking down barriers so all women have a fair chance.www.aauw.org/learn/fellows_directory

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

The Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to continuing graduate female college students of Latino background. www.chicanalatina.org

Psychology Access Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. based students pursing a bachelor's or master's degree specifically in areas of Psychology, Counseling, Therapy or Social Work. It's an annual merit-based opportunity. Students enrolled in the School of Education's master's programs in Marriage and Family Therapy or School Counseling programs may be eligible to receive funding. For details, visit their website http://mastersinpsychologyguide.com/scholarships/

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program

The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. www.spencer.org