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Teacher Programs

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Coming soon:
  • 2019 legislation created a suite of financial aid components within the Educator Workforce Program for current and future teachers. There will be a phased-in implementation of these components. Continue to check this page for updates.

Overview

The Washington State Educator Workforce program provides financial aid to attract and retain teachers to work in subjects or locations of high need known as shortage areas.

The program includes options for current teachers, student teachers, paraprofessionals, and non-educators hoping to move into the teaching field. Most are conditional scholarships that:

  • Encourage individuals to pursue teaching in subjects or locations of high need, also known as "shortage areas." In return for funding received.  Follow this link for current shortage areas - 2019-21 Shortage Areas by Educational Service District
  • The recipient commits to teach at a Washington K-12 public common school for a specified amount of time.
  • If the recipient fails to fulfill the teaching service obligation, the recipient must repay the funding, adjusted for any service completed, plus interest and fees.
  • If selected, the recipient will need to complete and submit a signed Promissory Note.

Components that may be implemented soon could provide financial aid for: nonteachers and teachers to obtain necessary certificates and endorsements through any approved route to become career and technical education teachers; current teachers with federal loan repayment help in exchange for teaching in a shortage area; and grants to support students during their student teaching assignment.

NOTE: You may only apply for one conditional scholarship at a time. You may apply for both a Student Teaching Grant and one of the conditional scholarships at the same time. 

View the Quick Look Chart to compare basic information for each component.

Conditional Scholarships

Conditional scholarship means a loan that is forgiven in whole or in part in exchange for service as a certificated employee in an approved education program.

Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship - Accepting Applications Now

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship supports Washington State certified educators looking to add a shortage area endorsement to their certificate. Recipients of the conditional scholarship are awarded up to $3,000 per endorsement add-on. Recipients must fulfill their service obligation to avoid paying back the award. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis (there is no deadline.)

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications – Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship
  • Hold a current Washington teacher certificate (Residency, Professional, or Continuing) or an expired Washington teacher certificate issued after 2005.
  • Pursue an additional endorsement in a shortage area.
  • Take one of the following pathways to add the endorsement that must be completed in the equivalent of one full-time academic year.:
    • Endorsement test only; or
    • Completion of an add-on endorsement program at a college or university (and test).
    • Attend an educator preparation program, approved by WSAC, to participate in state financial aid. Check with your college or university or contact WSAC directly to find out if your program is approved.
    • Must file the current FAFSA or WASFA
    • Must enroll in an eligible Washington state college or university.

Awarding Priorities

Awarding Priorities – Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship
  • Applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed forces or members of the National Guard who meet the Minimum Qualifications.

Service Obligation

Service Obligation – Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship

To avoid repaying the conditional scholarship, recipients must fulfill these service obligation requirements:

  • Teach in a Washington State K-12 public common school after earning the add-on endorsement.
  • The participant’s scholarship amount will be forgiven when they either:
    • Serve as a certificated employee in an approved education program for two full-time school years for each year of conditional scholarship received: or
    • Serve as a certificated employee in a shortage area in an approved education program for one full-time school year for each year of conditional scholarship received.
  • Participants who do not fulfill their teach obligation will have to repay the award, with interest and other fees. (Details will be in the participants promissory note.)

How to Apply

How to Apply – Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis—there is no deadline.
  • Complete and submit the following required materials:
    • Educator Retooling Online Application
    • Administrator Letter of Support or Letter of Personal Statement (MSWord or PDF)
    • Documentation of one year of successful student interaction and leadership or completion of two years of a Washington Teachers program
    • File the current FAFSA or WASFA (must submit within 10 days of submitting WSAC application)

NOTE: If selected you will need to complete and submit a signed Promissory Note. 

Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship - Accepting Applications Now

The Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship is designed to support paraeducators and Recruiting Washington Teachers alumni who wish to become teachers by providing financial aid for the completion of an Associate of Arts degree. Participants are eligible to receive a Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship for up to four academic years. Scholarship award amounts may vary depending upon financial need and funds available. The Pipeline for Paraeducators award amount is up to $4,000 per academic year. Recipients are expected to continue to earn their certification and fulfill a teaching service obligation in exchange for receiving the scholarship. Participants must currently be enrolled to receive an award. Applications may be submitted on a rolling basis (there is no deadline.)

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications – Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship
  • Not have earned a college degree.
  • Provide documentation from your school district of one year of successful student interaction and leadership as a classified instructional employee or completion of two years of a Recruiting Washington Teachers program.
  • Intend to pursue an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area via an approved teacher program.
  • Be accepted into and maintain enrollment for no more than the equivalent of four full-time academic years at a community or technical college.
  • Must file the current FAFSA or WASFA

Awarding Priorities

Awarding Priorities – Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship
  • Applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed forces or members of the National Guard who meet the Minimum Qualifications.

Service Obligation

Service Obligation – Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship

To avoid repaying the conditional scholarship, recipients must fulfill these service obligation requirements:

  • Earn the Associate of Arts (AA) degree within four academic years.
  • Pursue an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area via a PESB-approved teacher prep program.
  • Teach in a Washington State K-12 public common school.
  • The participant’s scholarship amount will be forgiven when they either:
    • Serve as a certificated employee in an approved education program for two full-time school years for each year of conditional scholarship received: or
    • Serve as a certificated employee in a shortage area in an approved education program for one full-time school year for each year of conditional scholarship received.
  • Participants who do not fulfill their teach obligation will have to repay the award, with interest and other fees. (Details will be in the participants promissory note.)

How to Apply

How to Apply – Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis—there is no deadline.
  • Complete and submit the following materials:

NOTE: If selected, you will need to complete and submit a signed Promissory Note and be enrolled in the institution you have selected. Payments are sent to your institution after WSAC has received a completed Promissory Note.

Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship - Next Application Cycle Opens Spring 2021

The Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship is designed to provide financial aid to encourage persons to become teachers and to retain these teachers in shortage areas.  The program provides funding of up to $8,000 per year for up to four years, toward earning a Washington Residency Teacher Certificate. Award amounts may vary depending upon financial need and funds available.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications – Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship
  • Be accepted into, and maintain enrollment in, a PESB-approved teacher preparation program leading to an initial teacher certificate (generally the applicant will be enrolled as a junior or senior in undergraduate studies or graduate school.)

Awarding Priorities

Awarding Priorities – Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship
  • Applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed forces or members of the National Guard who meet the Minimum Qualifications.

Service Obligation

Service Obligation – Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship

To avoid repaying the conditional scholarship, recipients must fulfill these service obligation requirements:

  • Teach in a Washington State K-12 public common school after earning the add-on endorsement.
  • The participant’s scholarship amount will be forgiven when they either:
    • Serve as a certificated employee in an approved education program for two full-time school years for each year of conditional scholarship received: or
    • Serve as a certificated employee in a shortage area in an approved education program for one full-time school year for each year of conditional scholarship received.
  • Participants who do not fulfill their teach obligation will have to repay the award, with interest and other fees. (Details will be in the participants promissory note.) 

How to Apply

How to Apply – Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship
  • The application window for the Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship closed October 23, 2020.

Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship - Awards Made by Program Providers

The Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship program is designed to provide financial aid to encourage people to become teachers through alternative route teacher certification programs and to retain these teachers in shortage areas. The program provides funding of up to $8,000 per year for up to two years, toward earning a Washington Residency Teacher Certificate. Scholarship award amounts may vary depending upon financial need and funds available.

Alternative route programs are partnerships between Washington professional educator standards board-approved preparation programs, Washington school districts, and other partners as appropriate. Currently, scholarships are designated to alternative route providers that have been awarded block grants through the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications – Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship

An applicant must be accepted into and maintain enrollment in an Alternative Route teacher certification program and intend to pursue an initial teacher’s certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area.

Awarding Priorities

Awarding Priorities – Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship
  • Applicants who are veterans of the U.S. Armed forces or members of the National Guard who meet the Minimum Qualifications.

Service Obligation

Service Obligation – Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship

To avoid repaying the conditional scholarship, recipients must fulfill these service obligation requirements:

  • Teach in a Washington State K-12 public common school after earning an alternative route teaching certificate.
  • The participant’s scholarship amount will be forgiven when they either:
    • Serve as a certificated employee in an approved education program for two full-time school years for each year of conditional scholarship received: or
    • Serve as a certificated employee in a shortage area in an approved education program for one full-time school year for each year of conditional scholarship received.
  • Participants who do not fulfill their teach obligation will have to repay the award, with interest and other fees. (Details will be in the participants promissory note.)

How to Apply

How to Apply – Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship

Participants are selected by alternative route providers that have been awarded block grants through the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). There is not a WSAC application process. Currently scholarships are awarded by providers who have a PESB Alternative Route block grant.  

Grant Aid

Grant means financial aid that is intended for a specific purpose that is not a loan.

Student Teaching Grant - Application Open

The intent of the grant is to provide additional funds to student teachers at Title I public common schools in Washington. This is a grant that does not require a service obligation or promissory note.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications – Student Teaching Grant
  • Enrolled in a PESB-approved teacher preparation program leading to full residency certification.
  • Be student teaching at a Title I public common school.
  • Demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA or WASFA, meeting the following criteria:
    - Family income at or below the amounts specified on the 2019-20 Washington College Grant Eligibility Chart.
    - Have unmet financial need after considering other state and federal grant aid received.
  • Not owe a repayment to any state or federal grant or scholarship, nor be in default on a state or federal student loan.

All candidates who meet these minimum qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Application

Student Teaching Grant Application
  • The application window for the Student Teaching Grant closes December 9, 2020.
  • Complete and submit the following materials: