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Welcome to the Financial Aid web page for Teacher Education students. Our mission is serving students and our goal is providing you with the services and funds you need to achieve your educational goals. Click on the links below for information on various state and federal aid programs available to teacher credential students.

To avoid delay in processing your financial aid file, PLEASE be sure to indicate "5th yr./ other undergraduate" grade level and "Teaching Credential program (nondegree program)" certificate in the Student Eligibility section of the FAFSA. In step three of the FAFSA, answer "no" to the question, "Will you be working on a master's or doctorate program (such as an MA, MBA, MD, JD, EdD, graduate certificate, etc.)?".

Federal Pell Grant

Maximum award amount: $5,645

CSUF FAFSA Application Deadline (2014/2015): must be received in our office no later than May 11, 2015

Purpose: To encourage students to become teachers by increasing grant eligibility to help reduce loan debt.

Required Forms: FAFSA

Additional Comments : In order to receive Federal Pell Grant as a teaching credential candidate, you must be enrolled in at least six units of courses leading towards your initial teaching credential. The Pell Grant will be disbursed after the Office of Financial Aid verifies that you are enrolled in the appropriate number and types of units.* This verification (or validation) will occur after census date, which is normally the fourth week of school. Once eligibility is confirmed, the Pell Grant will be released for payment.

Prerequisites and waiver courses are not considered to be part of the credential program and do not qualify for payment of Pell Grant.

* Additional Comments : In order to receive Federal Pell Grant as a teaching credential candidate, you must be enrolled in at least six units in your initial credential program. The Pell Grant will be paid only for credential courses. Prerequisites, waiver courses and second credential do not qualify for payment of Pell Grant.

 

Cal Grant A & B

Maximum award amount: $7,066 for fees; $1,473 access

FAFSA Application Deadline (2014/2015): Must be received in our office no later than the last date of the academic year; however, loan deadlines are earlier to provide our office to process the loan application.

Purpose: To help offset the cost of registration fees for students enrolled in a teacher credential program. Cal Grant B will assist in paying fees and offers a stipend to offset other school-related expenses.

Required Forms/Deadlines: Must complete G-44 form, "Request for Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits".

Additional Comments: Student must be a Cal Grant A or B recipient as an undergraduate student to be eligible for one additional year of Cal Grant to pursue their teacher credential certificate.

 

Federal Perkins Loan

Maximum CSUF award amount: For credential candidates $4,000

FAFSA Application Deadline: Priority filing date AND secondary document deadline date if your file is selected for verification.

Purpose: The Federal Perkins Loan provides long-term, low-interest loans to students with exceptional need.

Required Forms/Deadlines: Pre-loan online interview, Borrower Information, and Borrower Fact Sheet

Additional Comments: The federal government pays the interest on Perkins Loan while the student is in school and enrolled in a minimum of six units. Student begins paying the loan nine months after graduating or dropping below 6 units.

 

Federal Direct Loan Program

Maximum annual award amount:

Dependency
Status
Subsidized
Only
Sub/Unsub
Combined
Dependent $5,500 $7,500
Independent $5,500 $12,500

For more information click here.

FAFSA Application Deadline: Priority filing date AND secondary document deadline date if your file is selected for verification.

Purpose: To provide subsidized and unsubsidized long-term, variable interest loans based upon the student's eligibility data derived from the FAFSA.

Required Forms/Deadlines: Pre-loan seminar and master promissory note (MPN) which can be completed at www.studentloans.gov. Loan exit counseling is also required and must be completed during your last semester of attendance.

Additional Comments: The federal government pays the interest on subsidized Stafford loans while the student is in school and enrolled in a minimum of six units. The student is responsible to pay the interest on unsubsidized loans, although payment can be deferred while the student is enrolled in 6 or more units.

 

Federal Work-Study

Maximum award amount: $4,500

FAFSA Application Deadline: Priority filing date AND secondary document deadline date if your file is selected for verification.

Purpose: To help students defray the cost of educational expenses

Required Forms/Deadlines: Federal Work-Study employment authorization

Additional Comments: Allows the student to find employment to match the student's skills, interests and/or academic background. Students will be encouraged to participate in the America Reads and Counts Program to become a reading or math tutor.

For more information about becoming a teacher, visit the College of Education website.

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