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The means to pay for higher education can become a primary concern for individuals considering committing themselves to several years of intensive study within a graduate program.

Information posted on this webpage is only a partial listing of aid opportunities that may apply to your personal situation. Your best resource for info about various financial aid options at SDSU is our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.


FAFSA is critical because it is a common requirement for scholarships and loans.


The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) North Shores Division 78 is accepting applications for their 2017 scholarship. The scholarship has been increased to $2,000 this year!! Deadline to apply is February 10, 2017.



In additon to the above listed scholarship, the California Retired Teachers Assocation is also offering a scholarship of $1,500 for students who are enrolled/plan to enroll in teacher credentialing programs within the CSU or UC systems for the upcoming year. Deadline to apply: March 8, 2017


The Office of Student Services is excited to announce the availability of the TEACH Grant.


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to serve as a highly-qualified full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

SDSU Preliminary Credential programs that qualify:

  • Multiple Subjects (both general ed and bilingual)
  • Single Subject English, Math, Science, or Social Science (both general ed and bilingual)
  • Special Education

More information regarding the TEACH Grant is available at the SDSU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

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The San Diego Foundation's 2017-18 Common Scholarship Application opens on Thursday, December 1st.


In 2016, The San Diego Foundation awarded $2.2 million in scholarships to more than 800 students, making The Foundation the largest private non-university scholarship provider in San Diego County.

Undergraduate, Graduate, & Teacher Credential students are invited to apply. Get more information at the San Diego Foundation's website. Deadline to apply: 2:00 pm on February 1, 2017.


The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program seek to motivate well-rounded, high academic achievers with scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $2,500 each. Teacher Credential Program Applicants must also meet the following criteria to be an eligible candidate; 

  1. Be enrolled in a Teacher Credential Program or be an undergraduate Education major, 

  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 

  3. Be a California resident with a valid ID.  

Applications are due March 2, 2017. An applicant must complete one essay, include two recommendations, and provide information about community and school activities/recognitions. For details and the online application:

Many organizations will establish private scholarships designed specifically to encourage students to pursue programs leading to a career in teaching. Examples include retired teacher associations and private educational foundations. These organizations will often put out a call for additional applications for their scholarships. In order to provide students with the most up-to-date notification of available scholarship opportunities the Office of Student Services utilizes the College of Education's Facebook page to relay information. Please "Like" SDSU College of Education on Facebook to receive information regarding scholarship and aid opportunities throughout the year. 


Scholarship deadlines vary - Please check the due dates carefully when applying!

Applying for scholarships is as easy as 1-2-3!
  1. SEARCH for SDSU scholarships by selecting your major/credential and/or "All Majors" from the drop-down menu.
  2. SELECT scholarships for which you meet the eligibility requirements (listed in the description of each scholarship).
  3. APPLY by submitting a separate online application and essay for each scholarship.


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