Financial Aid


Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year have already been awarded.  Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are now being accepted (check the bulletin for deadlines).  Recipients will receive their disbursement from the CSUF Financial Aid office beginning the week before fall 2017 classes start and continue throughout the semester.  Awards are given once per year.

Please read all instructions for each scholarship and pay attention to the deadline, as well as details for required statements, letters of recommendation or other materials. There are variations in the application procedures and requirements for each scholarship. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.   

  • Identify the scholarships for which you meet the criteria and exceed the minimum qualifications. You may apply for as many scholarships as you wish.
  • Read descriptions carefully, making note of the requirements and deadlines for each scholarship for which you wish to be considered.  Most, but not all, COE scholarships will be handled through the online application process through your Student Portal “Scholarships” button.  Please pay attention to specific requirements.
  • In addition to completing the online application (if required), upload any and all materials required for the scholarship for which you wish to be considered, including essays or statements specified in the scholarship description.  Only 5 attachments can be uploaded in the online application, so you may need to combine files.  Please provide appropriate headings if combining files so that the scholarship review committee can distinguish between multiple documents for multiple scholarships.
  • Do not submit the online application until you have completed the entire application and uploaded all attachments as you will not be able to add attachments or information once submitted.
  • Students currently applying for admission to a program: may apply for scholarships even if you have not yet received an admission decision from the program to which you have applied.  Awards will not be delivered until admission status is confirmed and student is enrolled in courses.
  • 2017-2018 Scholarship Bulletin: To view currently available College of Education Scholarships please click here.

Please contact Dianna Lopez, (657) 278-5057 or, if you have any questions regarding scholarships.  Please call the Financial Aid Office at (657) 278-3125 for all other financial aid questions.


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. Not available in 2015-2016.

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. Click 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: May 17, 2017