Financial Aid & Scholarships


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SDSU Financial Aid

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.

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Financing Study Abroad

Talk to the Global Education advisor about funding your study abroad or global education experience.

External Grants and Scholarships

All scholarships and grants listed in this section are facilitated by organizations outside SDSU. Please click on each individual opportunity to obtain information about the application process. 

Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG)

The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) is pleased to announce the Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG). All students must be currently enrolled in a professional teacher preparation program leading to a teaching credential or a Pupil Personnel Services credential within an accredited California institution of higher education that is approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). One-time GSTG funds of up $20,000 will be awarded if you commit to the following:

  • Students must complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Students must commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.
    • A “priority school” means either a school with a high percentage, as determined by the CTC in consultation with the State Department of Education (CDE), of teachers holding emergency-type permits, based on the most recent data available to the CTC and the CDE, or a school with a high percentage, as determined by the CTC in consultation with the CDE, of low-income students. The current listing of “priority schools” is available by clicking here.
  • You will repay the Commission 25 percent of the total award annually, up to full repayment of the award, for each year if you fail to do one or more of the following:
    • Be enrolled in or have successfully completed a teacher preparation program approved by the CTC.
    • While enrolled in the teacher preparation program, maintain good academic standing.
    • Complete the required teaching service following completion of your teacher preparation program.

The 2020-21 State Budget allocated $15 million in federal funds for GSTG awards. The awards will be provided on a first-come first-served basis until funding is exhausted or until June 30, 2023, whichever comes first.  

Participants must complete a GSTG application which is available on the CSAC website, and indicate the school and the program in which they are enrolled.

For more information contact the Golden State Teacher Grant Program at:
[email protected]


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

Bilingual Teach Grant

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 developoment, a $2,000-2800 stipend, college credit and support including exam assistance.

California Retired Teachers Scholarship

The North Shores, Division 78, California Retired Teachers Scholarship Foundation Inc. is offering 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.

The award was raised to $3000 this year because of increased costs for students attending colleges and universities. 

Students who apply must complete the application, include a written essay, obtain two (2) recent faculty recommendations, and be available for an interview if selected as a finalist. The deadline for completed applications is February 3, 2023.
Download the CRTA Scholarship Application