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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 scholarships. 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

Search engines and scholarship programs

  • Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college​.
  • Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships​,​ colleges and more for you.
  • CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
  • Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
  • Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
  • – A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
  • Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
  • HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
  • American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
  • Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
  • UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
  • Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.

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.