Financial Aid / Scholarships

2015-2016 COLLEGE OF EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS (Applications for 2015 College of Education scholarships are no longer being accepted. Scroll to bottom of page for additional scholarships)

TIME LINE: Applications are accepted between January and March; awards are finalized by June and aid is disbursed at the beginning of the fall semester.  Awards are given once per year.

You may apply to all scholarships for which you meet the listed criteria.  You may also apply for scholarships even if you have not yet been accepted to the program for which you are applying.  Enrollment will be verified before award is disbursed.

The current list of scholarships and criteria for each can be viewed here.  Please review the criteria and application procedures for each scholarship very carefully.  Incomplete and/or late applications will not be reviewed.  Click here for the 2015-2016 College of Education scholarship application.  Please contact Laura Neal at or (657) 287-2791 if you have any questions about these awards.

Students are also encouraged to log into their CSUF portal and click on the “Scholarships” icon in order to apply for scholarships outside of the College of Education, as well as scroll to the bottom of this page for additional scholarships.  Please carefully read the application procedures for each, as each scholarship has specific guidelines and criteria.


Check the Student Financial Services website for the latest fee information.

Credential fees are for those students pursuing their initial teaching credential who have been officially admitted into the Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Education Specialist programs only (students taking pre-requisite courses are not officially admitted).  Students who hold a valid first credential and are admitted to a second credential program pay the Graduate rate.

Credential students must also pay a non-refundable “Credential Off-Campus Supervision” fee for student teaching.  This fee is $90/semester and is in addition to the credential student tuition fees.  Click here for more information about credential fees.

Credential students in an Intern program pay the Credential rate.

Students who are simultaneously enrolled in a Credential and Master’s program pay the Graduate rate.

A Graduate student is defined as any student having already earned a bachelor’s degree.


The CSUF Financial Aid Office assists our students with loans, grants and scholarships to help fund their education. Call (657) 278-3125 or email for more information.

Visit the Financial Literacy page for money saving ideas.

For basic information about financial aid and how to apply please watch this Financial Aid podcast (approximately 12 minutes in length). You can also download a copy of the slides to keep for your information.

Apply for financial aid early.

To determine your estimated eligibility for financial aid, complete this online worksheet. If eligible, complete the online application after January 1st (for the following fall/spring semesters or academic year). The earlier you apply, the better your chances that your funds will be available the first week of the semester. Do not wait until you are admitted to the university or program to apply for aid.

Loan Forgiveness Programs

Assumption Program of Loans for Education – APLE is a state-funded, competitive teacher incentive program.  If you are eligible for this program you can have up to $19000 of college loan balances paid by the California Student Aid Commission.  Go to APLE Program for more information.

Direct Loans and Federal Stafford Loan Forgiveness Programs for teachers may forgive $5000-$17500 in student loans for teachers in certain specialties, teachers must complete 5 consecutive full-time teaching years in low-income schools and meet other requirements: Stafford Loan Forgiveness for Teachers

Loan Cancellation Program

Federal Perkins Loans may cancel up to 100% of your loan if you serve full-time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system that qualifies as a “high-need” institution:  Federal Student Aid Teacher Loan Forgiveness


Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

You could be awarded up to $4000 per year during the Credential or Master’s programs as long as you fulfill a specified teaching commitment after graduation. Check here for more information.

Financial Aid for AB540 Students: AB540 students (other than nonimmigrant alien) are not California residents but attended a California High School for 3 or more years and graduated (or attained the equivalent). These students are exempt from non-resident tuition and can apply for state aid:

FinAid: TheSmart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Application
Financial Aid for Teacher Credential Student Scholarships available through the California Teachers Association
Graduate Student Scholarships 


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Page updated: June 30, 2015