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Student Financial Assistance

Students admitted to the Graduate School of Education may be eligible for several scholarship opportunities and financial aid. You can also start the scholarship application prior to your being admitted.

The GSE Scholarship Application opens on October 1, 2016, and the deadline is 11:59pm PDT on Feb. 1, 2017.

GSE scholarships

To start your application, visit the GSE 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.

Special education specific scholarships 

  • Alex Benenson Scholarship: K-12 teacher education or school counseling
  • Ames Scholars in the Graduate School of Education: Career in education, in-depth multicultural experience
  • Founders Endowment in Special Education: Special education; preference: related practical experience
  • Friends of the Graduate School of Education Scholarship: Middle school, math or science, bilingual/ESL, or special education; preference: multicultural experience or plan to teach in high-needs settings
  • Marilyn DeVault Scholarship: Special education
  • Marta and Ken Thrasher Scholarship: Teacher ed, plan to teach in high need areas of math or science, bilingual, or special education; preference: multicultural experience
  • Norbert Gilles Scholarship: Special education
  • Sandy Kaplan Scholarship: Teacher education, multicultural experience; preference: plan to work with non-native English speakers
  • Sheldon Maron Endowed Scholarship: Special education; preference: work with the vision-impaired
  • Special Education Scholarships
  • Wayne Larson Scholarship: Special education

PSU financial aid

If you are a student seeking financial aid, contact the PSU Financial Aid office. This comprehensive website was designed to assist students in processing all application forms online, calculating financial aid estimates, and even checking loan status!

Teach grants

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

Special education teachers may qualify for 100% of loan forgiveness (Perkins), or up to $17,500 in loan forgiveness (Stafford) depending upon the type of loan. The Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is also available in some cases. 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.