Financial Aid

Financial Aid Programs for Future Educators

  1. Most financial aid is based on the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This application must be completed every year and may be found here.
  2. The FAFSA application may still consider Credential Program students under 24 years old dependent and could require parental information.  Students in Master’s Programs are considered and can apply as independent students.
  3. Cal Poly will outline how much financial aid (from all sources) that it can offer you based on FAFSA application results.   In addition to federal and state financial aid, you are encouraged to search community groups and private resources for scholarships.

Program

Description

Award Amount

Other

Requirements/Conditions

Cal Grant

A & B

5th Year

The Cal Grant A/B - Award provides a living allowance and tuition and fee assistance for low-income students.

Matches State Tuition Fee of $6,348. Cal Grant B pays additional $1,670 living allowance.

Renewal recipients who have received a BA/BS degree and plan to enroll in a teacher credential program may receive up to one additional year of Cal Grant payment by submitting form G-44.

Pell Grant

Pell Grants are usually awarded to Undergraduates, but a post-BA student seeking a teaching credential may be eligible.

Amount depends on FAFSA Expected Family Contribution (EFC) results, ranging from $598 to $5,815.

You must be enrolled in a 5th Year Teacher Credential Program and enrolled at least half-time of initial credential coursework.

TEACH Grant

TEACH grant is for students pursuing teaching careers in high-need fields at secondary schools serving low-income students.

Up to $4,000 per year.

You must be enrolled in a high-need teaching credential program: Special Education, Math, Science, Bilingual Ed., & in CA: English, History/Social Science, and Multiple Subject. Must have a 3.25 CUM GPA.

Perkins Loan Forgiveness

Perkins Loan borrowers may be eligible for this loan forgiveness program

Forgives part or all of federal Perkins loan.

You must teach at a designated low-income public school, in a designated subject or to children with disabilities.  See Student Accounts Office for info.

Stafford Loan Forgiveness

New loan borrowers may be eligible for this loan forgiveness program.

Up to $5,000  for 5 years of teaching at a low-income school.  Up to $17,500 for highly qualified math, science or special education teachers.

You must be employed full-time for five consecutive years at a low-income school, or as a highly qualified secondary school teacher of science or math or a highly qualified elementary or secondary school special education teacher. Request forms from lender. 

 

Cal Poly Financial Aid Office

Phone: 805-756-2927

9a.m. to noon & 1p.m. to 3p.m. Monday – Thursday (closed 12-1 & Fridays)

Walk-Up Window &

Counselor Availability

9a.m. to noon & 1p.m. to 3p.m. Monday - Friday (closed 12-1)

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School of Education
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
805.756.2126
soe@calpoly.edu