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About Financial Aid

You can get certified to teach without breaking the bank. Learn how to find resources to pay for your teacher preparation program

Find Scholarships

It's understandable to have your eye on the cost of teacher preparation programs. The good news is, there are many opportunities to reduce or even eliminate tuition costs.

On this page, get information on:

This page gives a brief overview of financial aid terms and possible resources. You can find even more information, ideas and tools at our TeachSC Financial Aid Guide!

Key Vocabulary

First things first: money talk can get confusing. Here are some key terms to help you get started.

5 Ways to Make Your Teacher Preparation Affordable

There are many ways to reduce or eliminate your teaching program expenses. We’ve gathered a few strategies to consider.
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    Apply for scholarships and financial aid

    There are several scholarship opportunities for aspiring teachers in South Carolina. For example, if you declare a math or science major, you could get up to $4,700 through The Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship. The South Carolina Need-based Grant offers up to $2,500 if you show financial need and meet a few other eligibility requirements. 

    For more information on these scholarships and others like them, visit our Financial Aid Explorer, or check out our national scholarship database.

  2. 2

    Explore loan forgiveness programs

    If you teach in critical need schools or subjects like math, science or English for Speakers of Other Languages, the federal government has programs to forgive some or all of your student loans. To get started, check out the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.

    If you have an SC Teachers Loan, Career Changers Loan or PACE Loan, South Carolina Student Loan may also forgive a portion of your student loans. To qualify, you’ll need to commit to teaching in a state-designated critical need subject or critical need geographic area.

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    Start your undergraduate degree at a community college

    Have you considered starting your bachelor’s degree at a community college? Community colleges offer more flexible, affordable options than a traditional four-year school. You can save money if you start your training at a community college and transfer to a larger university to finish your degree.

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    Earn a salary while completing your coursework

    If you have a bachelor’s degree, but haven’t completed an educator preparation program, you could qualify for an alternative certification program. Alternative certification programs let you take coursework while you start working in the classroom. 

    Check out the South Carolina Department of Education’s Alternative Certification page for more information about alternative pathway options.

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    Get Support from TEACH South Carolina

    Did you know TEACH SC offers scholarships and will help cover your application costs? Visit our Fee Reimbursement page to learn how you can get $100 back for application fees and other application-related expenses. You can also learn more about TEACH SC scholarships at our Scholarships page

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