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Scholarships and Grants

CSUSM Financial Aid Office

  • A. Sandy Parsons Scholarship

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

    Scholarship Description: Students who complete this application will be considered for The A. Sandy Parsons Pathways to Completion Scholarship to be awarded for the Spring 2020 semester.  

    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.

    Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

    A. Sandy Parsons Application

  • Teach Grant

    Teach Grant

    The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

    TEACH Grant Informational PowerPoint

    As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

    • in a high-need field
    • at an elementary school, secondary school, district, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
    • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.

    TEACH Grant

  • Project ACCEPT Stipends

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    Bilingual Authorization Program

    • Preservice teachers complete the Bilingual Authorization Program, a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing licensure for bilingual educators. 
    • The teacher candidate must be admitted to a CSUSM School of Education credential program.
    • The grant awards 25 stipends of $3,000 annually to teacher candidates who successfully complete the Bilingual Authorization Program in conjunction with their teacher credential program in the School of Education, CSUSM. 
    • The courses include:  EDUC 653 – Biliteracy I, EDUC 654 – Biliteracy II, clinical practice in a bilingual setting or EDUC 655 - Bilingual Practicum, and passing scores on the CSET-LOTE III Spanish Language.
    • An advanced level of Spanish (reading, writing, speaking/listening) is required to complete this program and examination.
    • Interested teacher candidates may apply for the stipend after admission into the bilingual program.

    Bilingual Authorization Flyer

    Bilingual Authorization Stipend Application

    Dual Language Certificate

    • Inservice teachers/educators complete the online Dual Language Certificate for advanced certification in dual language and multilingual education, a CSUSM conferred certification.
    • The grant awards 25 stipends of $3,000 annually to educators who successfully complete the Dual Language Certificate. 
    • The online courses include:  EDUC 656 – Principles of Dual Language, EDUC 657 – Cross-Cultural Competence, EDUC 658 – Practices and Strategies for Bilingualism/Multilingualism Development, and EDUC 659 – Curriculum Development, Program Assessment and Inclusions for Dual Language. 
    • These courses are also considered electives in our Master of Education – General Option Program in the School of Education, CSUSM. 
    • Courses are taught in English.
    • Interested educators can apply for the stipends after enrolling into the Dual Language Certificate courses, awards are limited to 25 candidates yearly.

    Dual Language Flyer

    Dual Language Stipend Application

  • California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA)

    CalRTA Scholarship

    Teachers Never Stop Caring…

    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.

    The Scholarship Foundation Inc. is awarding scholarships to students who are enrolled/plan to enroll in the teacher credentialing program at a School of Education within the CSU or UC System for the upcoming year. Scholarships of $1500 will be awarded.


    CalRTA Application

  • 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. The grant is available to women and men. 

    Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Information

  • Master of Arts School of Education Thesis/Project Grant


    The Thesis/Project Grant is designed for students that are finishing their thesis or project. Grants are available for $250-$500. Amount is based on the funds available.

     Applicant Criteria:

    1. Must be enrolled as a graduate student in the School of Education Master of Arts state funded program (M.A. in Educational Administration, M.A. in Special Education, and M.A. in Education). 
    2. Must be enrolled in EDUC 698 or EDAD 622.
    3. Must have consent/support from their thesis/project committee.
  • Math and Science Opportunities

    CSUSM Noyce Teacher Scholars Program

    The CSUSM Noyce Teacher Scholars program offers junior and senior math and science majors forgivable loans of up to $12,000 per academic year. Students may accept the award for one, two, or three years, with a two-year commitment to teach mathematics or science in a high need school district for each year the award is accepted.

    For more information, visit the Noyce Teacher Scholars Program page.

    Cougar Math and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholarship

    The CSUSM Cougar Mathematics and Science Teacher (CMST) Scholars program, funded by the CSU Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), 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 the Science and Mathematics Teaching Scholarships page.

    CSUSM Learning Assistant Program

    The CSUSM LA program is part of CSUSM's Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI). One goal of this initiative is to find talented science and math majors who are interested in high school teaching as a result of their LA experience. LAs are undergraduates who serve as learning coaches in structured activities. They are students who have excelled in the course in previous semesters, and they work with the instructor to improve student learning in the course.  LAs receive a scholarship based on the specific time commitments associated with their assignments.

    For more information, visit the Learning Assistant Program page on the CSUSM STEM@CSUSM website.