Student Financial Assistance
Students in the Graduate School of Education may be eligible for several financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Follow these links for more information about scholarships for specific programs in the Graduate School of Education. Start with the Scholarship Application Instructions for more detailed information about the offerings.
- Special Education (Elementary and Secondary)
- BiSPED Grant
- Visually Impaired Learner (VIL)
GSE Financial Aid
Scholarship deadline for the 2011-12 academic year: March 28, 2012
The Graduate School of Education (GSE) invites all students who are admitted or who have been offered admittance and will be enrolled in the GSE by Fall term 2011 to apply for scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year.
See the Scholarships and Awards page to view a listing and details for scholarships offered specifically to GSE students.
To start your application, visit the scholarship website. This will connect you to the online application process called Scholar X. You may create a login if you are a first-time student. You will see these sections which pertain to GSE students:
- PSU Graduate Scholarship Application (mandatory for all applicants)
- PSU Office of Graduate Studies Application
- Graduate School of Education Application: Note that a few GSE scholarships may have an additional essay question and that your transcripts will need to be sent separately per instructions in the application.
PSU Financial Aid
If you are a student seeking assistance with tuition, contact the PSU Financial Aid office. This comprehensive web site was designed to assist students in processing all application forms online, calculating financial aid estimates, and even checking loan status! There are a few things students should know before applying for financial ai:
- Normal processing time is 3-5 months, so start early! Your financial aid file cannot be reviewed until you are officially admitted to the university.
- Go to our admissions page for necessary admission forms and deadlines for all Special Education programs.
- Enrollment: The type of financial aid available to you depends upon your status (graduate full-time enrollment is 9-16 credits and part time is 5-8 credits). Go to our programs page to learn about credit requirements for each special education program.
The Teach Grant is a federal grant program that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
Loan Cancellation for special education teachers may qualify for them for 100% of loan forgiveness (Perkins) or up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness (Stafford) depending upon the type of loan. If you are considering becoming a Special Education Teacher and accessing financial aid, you can find more information including application and requirements by visiting the Federal Student Aid website.