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Looking for financial aid, scholarships, and grants to support your studies? Explore the links and read the information provided on this page to learn more about the opportunities for financial support. 

SOE-involved Opportunities

  • A. Sandy Parsons Scholarship

    The purpose of this scholarship is to support the Master of Arts Candidate inSpecial Education in pursuing completion of their project/thesis that focuses on the delivery of services to children with severe disabilities and their families.

    All students must submit a letter of intent (see application for details), along with their application.

    Student Eligibility:

    • Must be enrolled at Cal State San Marcos in at least 5 units in the Spring 2020 semester as a Graduate Student.
    • 3.5 or higher GPA.
    • Must be admitted to and enrolled in a program of study leading to a graduate degree in Education, Special Education emphasis.
    • Copy of Masters Degree Planning Form which includes proof of course work in Special Education Specialist Credential Moderate-Severe Disabilities concentration.
    • Copy of Advancement to Candidacy Form. 
  • Cougar Math and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholarship
    The CSUSM Cougar Mathematics and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholars program responds to the critical need for secondary teachers of mathematics and science by encouraging talented students and professionals to pursue teaching careers. For more information, visit SOE MSTI page
  • Project SUPPORT
    Project SUPPORT is a federally funded program aimed at helping Latinx-identifying students who are on the path of becoming K-12 teachers. For more information, visit the Project Support page on SOE website. 

Internal Education-Focused Opportunities

For the following opportunities, please visit Academic Works and sign in with your CSUSM username and password: 

  • Clifford S. Northway Memorial Scholarship

    Scholarship for student from the College of Education, working on either a Teaching Credential or Master degree, with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Margaret Toppel Memorial Scholarship

    Scholarships are awarded to College of Education, Teaching Credential students, who have a 3.00 or higher GPA and financial need. Can also be awarded to students as undergraduate Liberal Studies major and/or to students as graduate students in the Master’s in Education programs.

External Education-Focused Opportunities

  • Teach Grant
    The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is available for selected postbaccalaureate and master’s programs and plans in education. The TEACH Grant is actually a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), as the grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met.
  • California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)
    As members of CalRTA we continue to show our support for California’s youth and current teachers by sponsoring scholarships and teacher grants. Year after year — at both the state and Division levels — CalRTA provides this financial support. Last year, CalRTA awarded nearly $600,000. In addition, the Laura E. Settle Scholarship Foundation, named after CalRTA’s founder, has bestowed millions of dollars in scholarships to California’s future teachers since it was created more than 50 years ago.
    More information on CalRTA
  • Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Delta Chapter
    Each year, the Beta Delta Chapter awards an Encouragement Grant of $1,500 for a student teacher.  The goal of the grant is to provide the recipient of this grant with monies to support efforts which enhance opportunities to achieve educational goals.
    More information on Delta Kappa Gamma, Beta Delta
  • Golden State Teacher Grant Program

    The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program provides up to $20,000 to students enrolled in a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)-approved professional preparation program, working toward earning a preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. Recipients must complete their program and obtain their credential within six years of receiving their initial GSTG payments and commit to work for four years at either a priority school or a California preschool program within eight years after completing a credential program. Failure to comply with the Service Agreement terms may result in the need for repayment.

    More information on Golden State Teacher Grant Program

  • Aspiration Scholar Program

    The Aspiration Scholarship supports the development of professional skills by funding graduate education in select fields designed to improve the quality of life in San Diego County.

    More information on Aspiration Scholar Program