ITA Scholarship Information
There are a myriad of opportunities and sources for education-related scholarships. ITA has compiled a selection of such sources below. These sources have been obtained from various resources with the expectation that the information is accurate. We recommend you contact the scholarship source to confirm the information as it, including related dates and deadlines, can change without prior notice.
Federal Scholarship Programs
There are a number of federal grant, loan, and repayment programs available to help you finance your education. But what you may not know is that the government offers additional aid for students who want to become teachers. Here are brief descriptions of major programs. Follow the links to find detailed information about how to qualify and apply. Listed first are standard aid programs, followed by programs specifically for teachers.
Teachers Loan Forgiveness Information - If you are a teacher and also a new borrower (i.e., you did not have an outstanding balance on a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan on Oct. 1, 1998, or on the date you obtained a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan after Oct. 1, 1998) and have been teaching full-time in a low-income elementary or secondary school or educational service agency for five consecutive years, you may be able to have as much as $17,500 of your subsidized or unsubsidized loans forgiven. Your PLUS loans cannot be included.
Federal Student Aid - If you're a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans.
National Board Certification and National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) - To support your pursuit of National Board Certification, a variety of organizations – including state departments, school districts, teachers unions, institutions of higher education, and educational nonprofits – offer various resources, including fee assistance and candidate support. Additionally, you have the option of connecting with networks of NBCTs across the country who can help guide your National Board journey.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
State Scholarship and/or Loan Forgiveness Programs
Alaska Teacher Education Loan Program - The Teacher Education Loan provides funding to cover education expenses for Alaska high school graduates nominated by rural school districts to pursue a degree in elementary or secondary education. Borrowers may be eligible for up to 100% forgiveness of their debt if they return to Alaska and teach in a rural area.
Arkansas Emergency Secondary Education Loan Program - The ESEL is available to students pursuing secondary education teacher licensure in an accredited Arkansas public or private college or university in the following shortage areas: math, chemistry, physics, biology, physical science, general science, special education, and/or foreign language. Merit-based scholarships are available for $2,500 per academic year, or one-half the total cost of tuition/fees, book/supplies, and room/board. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and juniors and seniors must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their major area of study.
California Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) - APLE is a competitive teacher incentive program designed to encourage outstanding students, district interns, and out-of-state teachers to become California teachers. Recipients must agree to teach in a shortage and low-income school. The commission may assume a maximum of $19,000 in outstanding loan balance in exchange for four years of teaching. If participants teach in math, science, or special education they are eligible for an additional $1,000 in loan assumption benefits, and an additional $1,000 if they teach in a school ranking in the lowest 20th percentile on the Academic Performance Index.
Colorado Loan Incentive for Teachers (LIFT) - The LIFT is a pilot program offering up to $2,000 in loan forgiveness per year, for up to four years for teachers who began teaching math, science, special education, or linguistically diverse education on or after June 11, 2001. Recipients must have completed a Colorado Commission on Higher Education approved teacher preparation program at a public or private Colorado college or university. This program is scheduled to continue through 2005-06.
Delaware Department of Education - Delaware citizens interested in applying for scholarships, grants and professional incentive loans to pursue a postsecondary education during the 2016-2017 school year can apply online by accessing or creating a student account. Applicants must apply for scholarships by the published deadlines, which vary by scholarship.
Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Programs - The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) State Programs, within the Florida Department of Education, administers a variety of postsecondary educational state-funded grants and scholarships, and provides information to students, parents, and high school and postsecondary professionals.
Georgia Charles McDaniel Teacher Scholarship - This award recognizes Georgia's high school graduates who obtain a teaching degree in honor and memory of Dr. Charles McDaniel, formerly the State Superintendent of Schools for Georgia. Participants must be of college junior or senior level standing and admitted to the department of education of their college.
Georgia HOPE Teacher Scholarship Program - The HOPE Teacher Scholarship Program provides forgivable loans to students seeking advanced education degrees in critical shortage fields of study. Applicants must be legal Georgia residents and admitted for regular admission into a graduate school and an advanced degree teacher education program leading to certification in a critical shortage field. Recipients are required to teach for one academic year for each $2,500 they received, with a maximum of four years to repay. Applications are available in the spring, and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
University of Hawaii at Manoa Scholarships in the College of Education - This University offers many scholarship programs for its students. Most of the scholarships require that students be enrolled full-time. Scholarships are awarded twice a year to students who are committed to becoming future teachers.
Idaho Education Incentive Loan Forgiveness - The Education Incentive Loan Forgiveness Program encourages graduates of Idaho high schools to pursue teaching or professional nursing careers at an Idaho college or university and then work in the state. Aid packages vary from school to school.
Idaho Robert C. Byrd Scholarship - This scholarship is a federally funded program awarded on the basis of merit. Its availability is contingent upon continued funding. Up to $1,500 per year is awarded, renewable for up to four years.
Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois - The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates who represent a rich ethnic diversity for successful teaching careers in high need schools throughout Illinois and provides scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees. In exchange for successful completion of undergraduate college and a commitment to teach for five years in an Illinois school of need, Scholars receive financial assistance for four years to attend one of the 53 public and private universities across the state and take part in the summer programs that include teaching internships and enhanced teacher preparation.
Illinois Future Teacher Corps (IFTC) Program (formerly DeBolt) - Illinois residents who plan to be teachers in the state are eligible for this program. The program gives priority to those pursuing a teacher shortage discipline and/or making a commitment to teach in a hard-to-staff school, and minority students. Applicants must be residents of Illinois and be enrolled in a certification program or teacher education program.
Illinois Special Education Tuition Waiver Program - Illinois teachers or students who are pursuing a career in special education as public, private or parochial teachers are eligible for this award. This program will exempt such individuals from paying tuition and fees at an eligible institution for up to four calendar years.
Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program - Individuals of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin intending to become teachers are eligible to receive up to $5,000 annually to pursue their teacher certification. Recipients must agree to teach at an Illinois public, private, or parochial school with at least 30 percent minority enrollment for each year they receive assistance.
Indiana Minority Teacher/Special Education Scholarship - Indiana minority students seeking teacher certification, who have already been admitted to an eligible institution as a full-time student, are eligible to participate in the Minority Teacher/Special Education Scholarship.
Iowa College Aid - A list of available grants and scholarships for Iowa students.
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority Teacher Scholarship Program - This program is for Kentucky students pursuing teacher certification at participating Kentucky institutions. The scholarship becomes a loan if a recipient does not complete the program or complete teaching service. Applicants must demonstrate financial need and be a Kentucky resident enrolled in a full-time program.
Louisiana Robert C. Byrd Scholarship - This scholarship is a federally funded program awarded on the basis of merit. Its availability is contingent upon continued funding.
Louisiana Tuition Exemption Basic Program - This program is designed to provide educational opportunities for current teachers who are seeking certification or certified teachers seeking advanced degrees. The applicant must agree to attend classes at one of the approved state universities.
Educators for Maine Program: Maine undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers in education are applicable for loans for their studies. These are renewable loans forgiven by teaching in Maine public elementary and secondary schools upon graduation.
Maryland Distinguished Scholar Awards - The Distinguished Scholar awards honor Maryland high school juniors who are exceptionally gifted academically or in the fine and performing arts and who would like to become teachers.
Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education Awards - This award targets recipients of Maryland's Distinguished Scholar Award. Applicants must be Maryland residents, degree-seeking undergraduate students, and enrolled in an approved teacher education program. Recipients must agree to work as a full-time classroom teacher in a Maryland public school, one year for each year of the award.
Maryland Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Teacher Education Award - This program is designed to assist students who would like to teach in Maryland in a critical shortage subject. Students must sign a promissory note agreeing to teach in a shortage area one year for each year of award.
Massachusetts Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship - This scholarship provides outstanding high school graduating seniors assistance each year for four years of study at a four-year institution of higher education. Each Massachusetts high school principal may nominate one outstanding senior. Candidates must be Massachusetts residents, full-time students and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship - This scholarship provides outstanding high school graduating seniors assistance each year for four years of study at a four-year institution of higher education. Each Michigan high school principal may nominate one outstanding senior. Candidates must be Michigan residents, full-time students and maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Mississippi Graduate Teacher Summer Loan/Scholarship (GTS) - The GTS scholarship is available to current full-time teachers in Mississippi public schools who are seeking a first master's degree in an approved program of study at a Mississippi college or university. Teachers must be full-time classroom teachers for one year immediately following each summer of participation.
Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG) - The Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant offers financial aid assistance to Mississippi residents attending state approved public and nonprofit two-year and four-year eligible colleges and universities. The primary objective of the MTAG is to provide educational opportunities for students who wish to pursue post secondary education in the state.
Mississippi Critical Needs Teacher Loan/Scholarship - Eligible applicants will agree to employment immediately upon degree completion as a full-time classroom teacher in a public school located in a critical teacher shortage area in the state of Mississippi. Must verify the intention to pursue a first bachelor's degree in teacher education.
Mississippi William Winter Teacher Scholar Loan (WWTS) - Mississippi high school seniors and college undergraduates are eligible for William Winter Teacher Scholar Loans. Loans are discharged by teaching one year in a Mississippi school for each year that a loan was received.
Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship - To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be a minority, a resident of the state, and must show outstanding achievement on several levels, including class rank, and outstanding performance on standardized tests. College students who have earned at least 30 credits and have maintained "B" averages are also eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an approved teacher education program, and are required to teach in Missouri public schools for a minimum of five years after graduation.
Teachers for New Hampshire Award - This award is supported through the New Hampshire Higher Education Loan Corporation (NHHELCO), which assists those who want to become classroom teachers. Individuals enrolled in any accredited teacher preparation program in New Hampshire are eligible to apply on an annual basis. Loans are forgiven provided that the recipient commits to teaching in New Hampshire for three years.
New Mexico State University College of Education - The College of Education offers student scholarships to new and existing students who are enrolled in a program through the college. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships help students defray some of the costs associated in attending the university and are made possible by alumni and friends of the college. Eligibility and award amounts vary.
New Mexico Teacher Loan For Service Program - The purpose of the Teacher Loan-For-Service program is to proactively address New Mexico’s teacher shortage by providing students with the financial resources to complete or enhance their post-secondary teacher preparation education.
Teach New York City - This website offers information on a number of scholarships, grants, and forgivable loans.
The North Carolina Prospective Teacher Scholarship Loan - This program provides a forgivable loan to individuals who meet certain GPA and SAT score qualifications. Students must attend a North Carolina college or university with an approved teacher education program, and be willing to teach in a North Carolina Public School upon graduation.
North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program - This program provides an annual scholarship for four years to 400 outstanding high school seniors in the state. Eligible students must agree to teach for four years following graduation in one of North Carolina's public schools.
North Dakota University Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness Program - The intent of this program is to reduce a student's loan for individuals teaching in North Dakota at grade levels and/or in content areas that have a teacher shortage. Recipients are eligible to receive some continued loan forgiveness for each consecutive year they teach in a teacher shortage area, up to a maximum.
Oklahoma Future Teachers Scholarship - This scholarship may be awarded to outstanding Oklahoma students who want to teach in the areas of critical shortage. Currently those areas are: science, music, social studies, mathematics and early childhood education.
Oregon Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program - The Oregon Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program forgives loans up to a certain amount to eligible educators. Teachers must have been employed for five years in a low-income school. Eligible forgivable loans include Federal Stafford (subsidized and unsubsidized) and any portion of the Federal Consolidation Loan; Federal Direct Stafford/ Ford Loans; and defaulted FFELP and FDLP loans.
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency - Loan forgiveness encourages students to pursue degrees and employment in specific fields. These programs repay part or all of your educational loan debt if you fulfill certain work-related requirements.
Pennsylvania Urban and Rural Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program - Eligible applicants are permanent classroom K-12 school teachers. Applicants must spend the major portion of the school day during the school year teaching in a classroom at an eligible urban or rural school district.
The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program - This program provides yearly financial support for four years to students studying to become teachers. The scholarship also provides funds for tuition and board and for summer enrichment programs. Other incentives include forgivable loans and lower interest rates on student loans to those agreeing to teach in rural or urban areas upon graduation.
The University of South Dakota - The School of Education has established a range of scholarship opportunities to recognize excellent high school achievement by first-year students and outstanding academic performance by upperclass students already in attendance at the University.
Tennessee Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program - This scholarship is for Tennessee students who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in educating the youth of Tennessee. The scholarship is offered to college seniors for one academic year. The amount of the award offered is paid towards the cost required for tuition, fees, equipment, textbooks, supplies and, if applicable, the cost of room and board at the institution, up to a determined maximum amount.
Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program - Minority Tennessee residents are eligible to receive annual funding to pursue teacher certification. Recipients are required to teach at the K-12 level in a Tennessee public school for one year for each year that the award is received.
Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program - College juniors, seniors, and post baccalaureate candidates admitted to a Tennessee teacher education program with at least a 2.75 GPA are eligible. Participants' study is funded or partially funded, contingent upon teaching one year in a Tennessee public school for each year an award is received.
Texas Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program - Texas residents enrolled at least part time at a Texas public college or university, or private nonprofit college or university are eligible to receive assistance depending upon need.
Every Chance Every Texan - Texas offers many resources to help you get a two- or four-year degree.
Utah T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program - Prospective Utah teachers enrolled in any Utah state or private institution's teacher education program are eligible to participate in the TIL Program. TIL will fund full-time tuition and general fees for up to four years, or until certification requirements have been met. Participants fulfill each year of their loan by teaching for a full year in a Utah public school or accredited private school. Application deadlines vary from participating university to university.
Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program - The Vermont Teacher Diversity Scholarship Program is a loan cancellation program to support students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds who wish to become teachers in the Vermont public school system. Candidates must apply to complete their teaching licensure and agree to teach for a minimum of one year. Scholars may receive loan forgiveness over the course of three years of teaching, subject to a per year minimum amount.
Virginia Teaching Scholarship Loan Program - Provides financial support to students who are preparing to teach in one of Virginia's critical shortage teaching areas. The critical shortage teaching areas are determined annually through the Supply and Demand Survey of Administrative and Instructional Personnel, distributed to every school division in Virginia by the Department of Education. Shortages in specific subject areas are derived from the top 10 academic disciplines identified by the survey as shortage fields.
University of Washington College of Education Scholarships - The University of Washington College of Education has numerous awards and scholarships available for graduate students who are studying education or who are studying to be teachers.
Washington Woodring College of Education Scholarships - Students from Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education are eligible for numerous awards and scholarships available through the university. All scholarships require applicants to be admitted to the Woodring College of Education teacher education programs in elementary, secondary or special education.
Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board - Search for scholarships available in Washington state.
West Virginia Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program - Underwood-Smith Teacher Scholarship Program is a student financial aid program designed to enable and encourage students to pursue teaching careers at the pre-school, elementary, middle or secondary school level.
Wisconsin Minority Teacher Loan - Minority undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled in a teacher licensure program at an independent or University of Wisconsin institution are eligible to receive annual loans. Following graduation, the recipient must teach in a Wisconsin school district with at least a 29 percent minority enrollment or in a school district participating in the interdistrict pupil transfer program. For each year that participants teach, 25 percent of the loan is forgiven.
Wisconsin Teacher Education Loan Program - Wisconsin residents enrolled in the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center teacher education programs are eligible for a Teacher Education Loan. Award amounts vary. Participants must agree to teach in Milwaukee public schools. For each year of instruction, 50 percent of the loan is forgiven.
Wisconsin Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan - Participants of this award must be enrolled in a program that prepares them to be licensed as teachers of the visually impaired or as orientation and mobility instructors. The student who participates in this program must agree to be a licensed teacher or an orientation or mobility instructor in a Wisconsin school district, the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or a cooperative educational service agency. For each of the first two years the student teaches and meets the eligibility criteria, 25 percent of the loan is forgiven. For the third year, 50 percent is forgiven.
Wisconsin Improvement Program Teacher Internship - Wisconsin college students preparing to enter the teaching profession are eligible to participate in this internship program. Eligible students receive a stipend for working in a classroom for one semester. This program is not limited to Wisconsin college students; students from other state institutions of higher learning may also be eligible to participate in this program.