Financial Assistance Sources
Some grants and loans are based on need. Others are based on merit, and still others depend on a variety of criteria such as being a member of a minority group or planning to pursue a specific career. Thus, for example, low-income students, high-achieving students, African-American and Hispanic students, future bilingual/ESL teachers, and teacher aides are often eligible for extra financial assistance.
First, be sure to apply for any financial aid you are eligible for through the Financial Aid office. In particular, be sure to ask about the two following grant sources:
- The federal TEACH Grant which offers up to $4,000 a year to students who will teach a high needs area (math, science, bilingual, ESL, special education) at a low-income (Title I) school.
- The state Educational Aide Exemption program which pays for tuition and some fees for qualifying teacher aides and substitute teachers.
Next, check out the scholarships available at the university, college, office, and department levels. See, for example:
- Undergraduate Honors Scholarships
- Graduate Honors Scholarships
- Graduate Studies Scholarships
- College and Departmental Scholarships
- Diversity and Cultural Affairs Scholarships
- International Studies Scholarships
- Curriculum & Instruction Scholarships
You may also want to check out the many scholarships offered by organizations outside the university. Hispanics, for example, might want to investigate the grants offered by:
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Hispanic College Fund
- LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens)
- HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities)
Finally, many school districts will pay for tuition and books for teachers and other employees who are working on bilingual or ESL certification or master's degrees. Check with the bilingual/ESL director of your school district if you are currently employed as a teacher or aide.
Content provided by Dr. Chris Green.