Financial Aid & Scholarships



SDSU Financial Aid Office
To find out more information about your FAFSA as well as grants, loans, and work study opportunities, visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.
Aztec Scholarships

SDSU has hundreds of scholarship opportunities available to support students’ educational goals. Apply for university scholarships with just ONE application.


Talk to Kelsey Easterly, the Global Education advisor, about funding your study abroad or global education experience. Schedule an appointment through SDSU Navigate.

Grants for Current and Future California Teachers

Some scholarships and grants listed in this section are facilitated by organizations outside SDSU. Open individual panels below to obtain information about eligibility requirements and the application process for each opportunity. 

The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential.

To qualify, you must be working towards your preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential, maintain good academic standing, and commit to working at a "priority school" for 4 years within 8 years of completing your program. This program supports educators who are dedicated to serving California's diverse student population and contributing to strong school communities.

The NEA Foundation believes every student deserves engaging learning experiences that prepare them for the future. Through their Student Success Grant program, they're awarding up to $5,000 to support innovative projects that:

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Promote personalized and hands-on learning
  • Deepen understanding of essential subjects
  • Enhance cultural awareness and appreciation
  • Strengthen communication and collaboration skills
  • Connect learning to real-world issues

If you're an educator, education support professional, or specialized instructional support personnel currently working in a public school or higher education institution, you're eligible to apply. The foundation particularly encourages applications from education support professionals to create exciting learning opportunities for all students.

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. Students in the following SDSU Preliminary Credential Programs are eligible to apply:

  • Multiple Subjects (both general education and bilingual)
  • Single Subject (both general education and bilingual) in English, Math, and Science
  • Special Education

The Bilingual Teach Grant program aims to increase language and literacy achievement of English Learners by providing current and future K-12 teachers with professional development, a $2,000-2,800 stipend, college credit and support including exam assistance.

San Diego State University offers two pathways to your dream career with full financial support. Earn your bachelor's degree and preliminary teaching credential in just four years through the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), or complete a one-year post-bachelor credential program. Project Perspectives supports you every step of the way.

Colibri Special Project Grant proposals of up to $5,000 will be accepted for projects which significantly advance and influence student learning.

There are no restrictions on subject matter or area of curriculum for this grant.

This grant is eligible to public school teachers, grades K-12.

The Teacher Development Grants support small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking k-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. The Foundation awards grants to individuals in amounts up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of $20,000 over two years.

The grant is eligible to licensed k-12 teachers employed in public or private schools
that have the background and experience to complete the project successfully.

The North Shores, Division 78, California Retired Teachers Scholarship Foundation Inc. offers scholarships of $3000.00 each to eligible Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students who have a GPA of 3.0 or better and are pursuing a California Teaching Credential.

Students who apply must complete the application, include a written essay, and be available for an interview if selected as a finalist. For latest deadlines and details visit North Shores - Division 78 Scholarships and Grants.


The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is a federal program that forgives the remaining balance of your loans. While not just for educators, this program can provide monetary relief to some qualifying teachers. 

In order to be eligible to have your remaining loans forgiven by this program, you must show that you’ve made 120 monthly payments toward your loans while working full time for a qualifying employer.

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