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Graduate Assistant and Teaching Assistant

Graduate Assistant (GA) and Teaching Assistant (TA) positions are awarded by departments throughout the university. In the Graduate School of Education, department chairpersons receive GA and TA applications. The Office of Graduate Studies and Research maintains a page with information about this type of position at PSU, as well as other scholarships, fellowships and awards.

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

  • Currently there are no open positions.

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 GSE 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 Neuberger Hall, is available to help you navigate general funding sources, as well as sources specific to your program. Contact them at

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

Teacher loan forgiveness

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

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