Teacher Credential Program

Students in the Credential Program are considered 5th year undergraduate students, not post baccalaureate, for Financial Aid purposes. Students must enroll in 12 units per semester to be considered full-time, and are subject to undergraduate –level loan limits.  The types of financial aid available to students pursuing a teaching credential are very specific and different from undergraduate or graduate aid types.


To be considered for financial aid, Credential students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

When completing your FAFSA, the questions below should be answered in the following manner:

  • Degree/Certificate - Teaching Credential
  • Current Grade Level - 5th yr other UG
  • Graduate Student: - No.


Admissions Requirements

Once a Credential student is admitted into the Credential program (Submitted their Program Admissions Packet) by the Credential Office, they may be eligible for grant aid, depending on their EFC.

Students with dually enrollment as a credential and masters student, are considered graduate student for financial aid purposes


Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment requirements to receive aid for Credential students are the same as for undergraduate students. Pell Grant will be adjusted based on credential units.

Full time

12 units TED and above

Three Quarter time

9 - 11 units

Half - time

6 - 8 units

Less than half time and not eligible for financial aid

1 - 5 units


Financial Aid Available

Credential students can be eligible for: : Pell Grant, State University Grant (SUG), TEACH Grant and Stafford Loan.

Note: Pell Grant Teach Grant and Stafford Loan funds are only paid on those units required by the State to get your Initial Credential (Single Subject, Multiple Subject, or Education Specialist) A list of these classes is provided by the College of Education and Integrative Studies. (Need to be in at least 6 units each semester to be eligible for any Pell Grant and Stafford Loan.) Not all courses are eligible towards receiving your Pell Grant funds.

2nd Teacher Credential Program Students (Administrative Service Credentials and Specialist Credential Students with a prior Credential) are only eligible for Alternative/Private Loans.  They are NOT ELIGIBLE for any grant or Federal loans. 



Financial Aid will automatically disburse 10 days before the beginning of each semester for students enrolled at least 12 credential units.. For students enrolled less than 12 semester units, classes will be reviewed following census to determine if they are required credential courses. If not, your Pell Grant and Stafford Loan funds will be adjusted, and you may owe funds back to the University.

Here is a listing of the Required Credential Classes for Pell Awards (DOCX).


Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Forbearance Programs

For more information on the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application  is used to evaluate an FFEL Program or a Direct Loan Program borrower's eligibility for up to $5,000 in forgiveness benefits for highly qualified teachers or up to $19,000 for highly qualified mathematics, science, and special education teachers.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Forbearance form  is used to determine forbearance eligibility for FFEL or Direct Loan borrowers who are completing their teaching service requirements before applying for teacher loan forgiveness.


Academic Progress

Students in the Credential Program must meet the following academic progress definitions to remain eligible for financial aid:

  • You are required to complete 80% of your attempted units each year.

  • You are required to end the academic year with at 3.0 cumulative GPA or better.

  • When you reach 54 units attempted, you will no longer be eligible for financial aid.

  • You are required to complete Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I already have one credential and now I am working toward another credential, am I eligible for financial aid?
A: You will only be eligible for Alternative Loans.

Q: I am taking classes to prepare for the CSET, am I eligible for financial aid?
A: Students taking classes to prepare for tests are not eligible for financial aid.

Q: I am in the blended program am I considered an undergraduate or post graduate?
A: You are considered an undergraduate student for financial aid funding until you receive your first BA or BS degree.

Q: I am enrolled in the Credential program, but I am also in a Masters program. What is my status and what kind of aid am I eligible for?

A: You will be treated as a Masters student for financial aid purposes. You need to be in the Credential Program (only) to be considered for Pell Grant and cannot be in the Master's Program.