Resources and Other Support

Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant

Graduate Assistant (GA) and Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are awarded by departments throughout the university. In the College of Education, department chairpersons receive GA and TA applications. The Graduate School maintains information about these positions at PSU, as well as other scholarships, fellowships and awards.

If there are current GA positions open in the College of Education, they will be posted here.

General scholarship information

Portland State offers scholarships for graduate students. It is recommended that you utilize PSU’s scholarship search tool.

General university scholarships include those scholarships which focus on:

  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Diverse and unique backgrounds
  • Specific major and career choices
  • First generation status
  • Disabilities
  • Service to school and community
  • Leadership skills

Graduate student resources

Resources for teachers

In addition to COE scholarships, there are abundant resources available for future teachers that can assist you with student loans before, during, and after completing your program. 

Some funding focuses on applicants working in high-needs schools after graduation and other funding sources target specific shortage areas where teachers are in demand. To find out more, see the list of resources below.

The PSU Financial Aid Office, located in Fariborz Maseeh Hall, is available to help you navigate general funding sources, as well as sources specific to your program. Contact them at askfa@pdx.edu. 

Teacher shortage areas

In Oregon, for 2014-15, the following subject-areas are designated teacher shortage areas statewide:

  • Bilingual/English Language Learner
  • Mathematics
  • School Nurse
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Federal TEACH grant

Federal Student Aid

  • PSU TEACH Grant coordinator
  • Jennifer Campbell, jennifer.k.campbell@pdx.edu, 503-725-2862
  • Teacher loan forgiveness

Federal Student Aid 

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

Federal Student Aid

  • FedLoanServicing for PSLF

Other helpful web tools

  • Federal student loan dashboard for students
  • Federal student loan repayment estimator