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Financial aid counseling is available for all students. Up to $11,000 in student loans may be paid for students who go on to teach in eligible California schools through the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE).

For those who become credentialed in mathematics or science and who teach those subjects in eligible California schools, up to $19,000 in student loans may be forgiven through APLE

Undergraduate students pursuing a Math or the Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Geo-science, or Physics) degree may be eligible for a scholarship of up to $2500 per year as part of the Future Math and Science Teacher Scholars Program.

Math and Science students may be selected for a paid summer fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before they start at their teaching positions.

Types of aid:

  • There are two general types of aid:  Grants/scholarships and loans.  The major different between the two is that the loans need to be repaid, whereas grants and scholarships do not.
  • Interest rates for loans vary, as do the time requirements for repayment of the principal and interest; your financial aid counselor will help you find the most beneficial mix and the most favorable loans.  Some loans for teachers can be "forgiven".
  • For example, up to $11,000 in student loans may be paid for students who go on to teach in any single subject area in eligible California schools through the Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE).
  • For those who become credentialed in mathematics or science and who teach in eligible California schools, up to $19,000 in student loans may be forgiven through APLE.
  • Federal Pell Grants and California Cal Grants and State University Grants are good examples of programs that give financial assistance based on a student's financial needs; these do not need to be repaid.
  • Students who meet federal income requirements may also be eligible for Work/Study positions. Work/Study provides you with pay for work on campus and/or in the community, work that is often related to your career.
  • There are new financial support programs for teachers that  may become available in the near future.  Your financial aid counselor will keep you up to date on these.
  • Work/Study positions and paid tutoring positions may also be available.
  • Qualified math and Science students may be selected for a paid summer fellowship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before they start at their teaching positions.
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