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

Cost-Saving Strategies

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

  • Apply for scholarships and financial aid

    There are several scholarship opportunities for aspiring teachers in Connecticut. For example, the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship offers up to $5,250 if you’re in the top 20 percent of your high school class and/or scored above specific SAT/ACT thresholds. Whether you’re in high school, college or graduate school, there are many opportunities that you may be eligible for. See a list of featured scholarships in Connecticut.

  • Explore loan forgiveness programs

    If you teach in high-need schools or subjects like math, science, bilingual education 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 Connecticut Student Loan Forgiveness Programs and the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

  • Start your undergraduate degree at a community college

    Have you considered starting your undergraduate studies at a community college? Community colleges offer transfer programs to larger universities, so you can start training at the community college and finish your degree at a larger university.

  • Earn a salary while completing your coursework

    If you have a bachelor’s degree, but haven’t completed an educator preparation program, some post-baccalaureate programs allow you to take coursework while you are teaching and/or working in the classroom.

Not sure where to begin? Get personalized advice.

If you want help finding scholarships and financial aid, 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, how-to guides 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 the student or the institution that student is attending. It is a set amount of funds awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement or financial need, along with demonstrated success and interest in specific areas defined by the scholarship. Scholarships do not need to be repaid.

  • Scholarships
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  • Loans
  • Loan Forgiveness
  • Eligibility
  • Application Process

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