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About Financial Aid
Learn strategies for financing your education, from finding scholarships to exploring loan forgiveness.
About Financial Aid
Learn strategies for financing your education, from finding scholarships to exploring loan forgiveness.

How to Pay for Your Program

There are many opportunities to reduce or eliminate your preparation expenses.

  • Apply for scholarships and financial aid.

    There are significant scholarship opportunities for aspiring teachers in Colorado. For example, the Winifred R. Reynolds Educational Scholarship offers up to $7,000 to students pursuing graduate degrees focused on early childhood education. For more information about this scholarship and others like it, see Explore Financial Aid.

  • Explore loan forgiveness programs.

    If you teach in a rural school or in a hard-to-staff subject area like math, science or special education, the federal government and many states have created programs to forgive some or all of your student loans. For starters, check out Colorado Educator Loan Forgiveness and the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • Apply for teacher preparation scholarships.

    Whether you’re in high school, college or graduate school, there are lots of opportunities that you may be eligible for. See a list of featured scholarships in Colorado.

  • Start your preparation at a community college.

    Have you considered starting your undergrad at a community college? Many community colleges offer transfer programs to larger universities. You can start preparation at the community college and finish your degree at a four-year institution.

  • Prepare to teach while in undergrad.

    You can avoid paying tuition for a post-graduate program by completing all of the coursework and preparation you need to become a licensed teacher as part of your bachelor’s degree.

    Head over to About Licensure to learn more.

  • Earn a salary while completing your coursework.

    If you have a bachelor’s degree but haven’t completed a teacher preparation program, you can explore alternative licensure programs that allow you to take coursework while you start working in the classroom.

Not sure where to begin? Get personalized advice.

If you want help navigating the teacher prep process, schedule a free 1-on-1 coaching call.

When you sign up, you'll get access to a checklist app that keeps track of application deadlines and best practices, and fee rebates of up to $100.

Key vocabulary

All this money talk can get confusing. Here are some key terms to help you get started.

A scholarship is a direct payment made to you or the school you’re attending. It is a set amount of money that an organization awards based on things like:

  • Academic achievement
  • Financial need
  • Public service or volunteering
  • Interest in a specific area, like science or music

Scholarships do not need to be repaid.

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Loan Forgiveness
  • Stipends

Start Here

Now that you’ve got the background, you can search for scholarships and aid opportunities that match your specific situation and background.

We’ve compiled several opportunities for future teachers in Colorado, but be sure to check with your prep program too!

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