Loan Forgiveness/Grant Programs

Wondering whether you can get your federal student loans forgiven for your service as a teacher? Learn about the forgiveness program to see whether you qualify.

Cal Grant Teaching Program

The Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program is for teacher candidates who have received a Cal Grant A or B as an undergraduate, pursue a post-baccalaureate credential program, and demonstrate financial need. To qualify, a student must be enrolled in a CTC-approved preparation program within 15 months following the end of the undergraduate term for which they last received a Cal Grant payment or received their bachelor’s degree.

To request a grant, a student submits the g-44 form (PDF) that further describes the program. To learn about and apply for a Cal Grant, visit the California Student Aid Commission site.

Golden State Grant

The Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. Students must:

  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to working at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.

To learn about and apply for a Golden State Grant, visit the California Student Aid Commission Golden State Grant site.

Teach Grants

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program is a federal financial aid grant program available to students enrolled in eligible programs. Credentialing candidates who receive a TEACH Grant must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school as a highly qualified teacher, full-time for at least four years.