Financial Aid Eligibility

Students pursuing a Teaching Credential or Masters in Education may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants and/or student loans. Financial aid can assist with University fees, book expenses and/or living expenses. To determine if you are eligible for any financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). It is free to file and you can do it online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ . Visit the SSU Financial Aid website at http://www.sonoma.edu/finaid/ for priority filing date information.

Scholarship Information

The University Scholarship Program is designed to provide encouragement and public recognition to students who have demonstrated academic excellence. Scholarship range from $500 to $5,000 per year. The primary criterion for awards from the University Scholarship Program is outstanding scholarship with restrictions applying to some awards, e.g., residence, major, etc. Students should visit the SSU Scholarship Office website at Scholarships at http://www.sonoma.edu/scholarships/ for information. The application deadline is February 1st each year for the following academic year and student must have applied to SSU for admission before they can apply for scholarships. Please go to http://sonoma.edu/education/admissions/money/scholarships.html for more information.

Off-campus scholarship information is available in the Scholarship Office or online at http://web.sonoma.edu/scholarships/external.html. Scholarship funding is taken into account when preparing a financial aid award package and may reduce other aid. Students are required to notify the Sonoma State University Financial Aid Office when they are awarded a scholarship.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: APLE Loan Forgiveness Program

As of Fall 2012, new allocations for the APLE program have been eliminated. The elimination of new allocations includes the APLE for District Interns and the APLE for Credentialed Teachers programs.

If you have any questions regarding the information contained in this communication, please contact Maricela Ibarra, Student Services Coordinator at Sonoma State University: 707-664-2593, maricela.ibarra@sonoma.edu.

Recommendation:

There are sizable federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness programs, which are operative after individuals have served as full-time teachers for five years in low-income elementary or secondary schools in a shortage field. Information about these federal programs—which CSAC recommends be provided to teacher candidates—is at:
http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/teacher