Financial Aid & Scholarships

SDSU Financial Aid

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

SDSU Scholarships

SDSU has nearly 700 scholarship opportunities to support students’ educational goals. 

Our application portal, “Aztec Scholarships,” allows students to apply for university scholarships via one application. This is facilitated through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. For more information and to apply, please visit the Aztec Scholarships website.



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 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:

  • You will teach in a high need field, at a priority school, both as determined by the CTC, for four years, within five years after you receive the teaching credential.
    • High need areas include: Bilingual Education, Special Education, STEM, Multiple Subject, Transitional Kindergarten, and other subjects as designated annually by the CTC.
    • 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

Please see the SDSU Financial Aid TEACH Grant page for more information.


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Many organizations 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 for Student Success updates the College of Education's Facebook page to relay this information. Please "Like" the SDSU College of Education Office for Student Success on Instagram to receive information regarding scholarship and aid opportunities throughout the year. The handle for our Instagram is: @sdsucoe_oss.