Internal Funding Sources
Outside of student loans, many other options exist for funding your education.
The Noyce Scholarship
The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship offers $15,000 to talented undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees to earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.
Supported by the National Science Foundation, the scholarship is available to NAUTeach undergraduate students and Master of Arts Teaching Science with Certification (MAT-S) graduate students during their final year of coursework. For more information about this opportunity click here.
NAU Foundation Scholarships
Gifts from our generous donors make it possible for us to offer many NAU Foundation scholarships to Northern Arizona University students. For more information about this opportunity click here.
The Teach Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides up to $4,000 per year in grant funds for undergraduate and graduate students who intend to teach full time in high need subject areas for at least four years, at schools that serve students from low income families.
Be aware that if you receive the TEACH grant but do not fulfill the stringent requirements of the program, the amount awarded in grant money converts to a Federal Stafford Unsubsidized loan with interest (at the same rate as the federal Stafford loan) compounded from the time of the award. For more information about the NAU TEACH grant click here
Graduate assistantships (GAs) are a great way to fund your graduate education while simultaneously building your resume. Remember to check first with your program department for graduate assistantship possibilities, as the information provided here is generally limited to non-academic departments. For CSTL assistantships, please check with Sharon Cardenas.
Western Regional Graduate Program
Are you a resident of Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Marshall Islands, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Palau, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming? If so, you may be eligible for in-state tuition through the Western Regional Graduate Program. Click HERE for more information.
External Funding Sources
Many external funding sources exist for science teachers and a few are listed below. We also invite you to search the web for opportunities that match your qualifications. Please let us know if you find any others we could add to this list!
Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.