The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) has expanded the Golden State Teacher Grant, an education grant created to help prospective teachers cover the costs of earning a California teaching credential, to a full spectrum of educational fields. The grant supports soon-to-be teachers by providing a one-time grant of up to $20,000 in financial aid to help to pay for their teacher preparation program.

“The Golden State Teacher Grant is an exceptional opportunity for future educators,” said Dr. Trisha Sugita, Director of Teacher Education at Chapman University. “California is facing a significant teacher shortage, and this grant is key to ensuring our education communities have access to the best teachers, while reducing the burden of student debt.”

Who Qualifies for the Golden State Teacher Grant?

The goal of the Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) is to place educators in “high-need fields” at “priority schools,” as defined by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

Although it was originally only available to students enrolled in a teacher preparation program earning a special education credential, the GSTG program awards are now open to nearly all elementary, secondary, and special education credential areas. The CTC defines the following areas as eligible “high-need fields”:

  • Bilingual education
  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including career technical education in STEM areas
  • Special education
  • Multiple subject (elementary) instruction
  • Transitional kindergarten

Eligible applicants must be enrolled in a teacher preparation program at a CTC-approved institution, such as Chapman University. They must then commit to teach in one these high-need fields at a priority school for four years after completing their teaching credential program.

Further Reading: All You Need to Know about California Teaching Credentials


What Are the Grant Requirements?

Before accepting the Golden State Teacher Grant, all applicants must agree to the terms and conditions of a Teaching Agreement. In addition to completing the program requirements, the Teaching Agreement requires recipients to fulfill several conditions:

  • Teach in a priority school. The grant requires students to teach in California in a priority school for at least four of the first five years after completing their credential program. Priority schools are those with a high percentage of teachers with emergency-type permits and/or low-income students. A current list of priority schools is available on the CTC website.
  • Instruct in a high-need field. To receive the grant funding, recipients must also commit to teach in one of the eligible high-need fields.
  • Maintain good academic standing. Grant recipients must maintain good academic standing while they are enrolled in their CTC-approved teacher preparation program.

As with most grant agreements, if Golden State Teacher Grant recipients do not fulfill each of these obligations within the allotted time frame, they must repay the grant reward in part or in full. See the GSTG website for more details.

What Are the Steps to Apply?

As a CTC-accredited institution, Chapman University’s Attallah College of Educational Studies is proud to be a Golden State Teacher Grant program. Here are the steps to apply for the grant and begin a career in education at Chapman:

  1. Apply to an eligible Chapman University Teacher Education credential program. Note applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are due February 1, 2022. (Visit the Chapman Teacher Education webpage for to explore the eligible elementary, secondary, and special education credential programs and their respective application requirements.)
  2. Be accepted into and enroll in Chapman University.
  3. Apply for the Golden State Teacher Grant.
  4. California Student Aid Commission will notify Chapman’s Financial Aid Office of your accepted application.
  5. Chapman’s Attallah College of Educational Studies will notify you once your grant funds become available.

“This grant is a great financial resource,” said Dr. Sugita. “The Golden State Teacher Grant will help prospective teachers fund their education and prepare them to make a difference in the schools that need them most.”

Learn more about Paid Internship opportunities for teacher candidates.

Is Other Financial Aid Available?

Other forms of state and federal grants are also available for future teachers, including TEACH Grants and Cal Grants. Visit the California Department of Education webpage for more details, application links, and additional sources of financial aid for future educators.

In additional to these external sources of financial aid, most Chapman graduate students receive a partial tuition fellowship, which is often underwritten by our generous donors. For more information about the teacher education and other graduate programs at Chapman, visit the Attallah College of Educational Studies or our Teaching Credential Programs websites.