Financial Aid Information for Teachers and Allied Professionals

Financing your Fairfield graduate education in the teaching and allied professions is a major decision. The following information has been pulled together from multiple resources, and is meant to be representative, not comprehensive. For further information on your financial aid options, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (203) 254-4125.

GSEAP Scholarship

Dr. Thomas A. O'Meara '65, MA '67 Memorial Scholarship - Beginning in the academic year 2005-06, it was Dr. Thomas O'Meara's intent that over a 20-year period one graduate secondary English education student annually would be awarded a partial tuition scholarship for his or her student teaching course. The recipient is selected based on recommendations from the program faculty. Please contact Dr. Emily Smith, coordinator for graduate secondary education students, for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities for Educators

Alma Exley Scholarship - This scholarship is for minority students pursuing studies in an accredited teacher-preparation program in Connecticut.

American Federation of Teachers Union Robert G. Porter Scholars and Union Plus Scholarship Programs - These programs offer four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of American Federation Teachers members, as well as one-time $1,000 grants to American Federation Teacher members to assist with their continuing education.

Connecticut Association of School Librarians (CASL) - The CASL offers the $1,000 Carolyn Biega O'Neill Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be a Connecticut resident who is accepted or currently enrolled in a Connecticut accredited graduate program leading to certification as a School Library Media Specialist.

Connecticut Education Foundation - These scholarships are available to minority students and Connecticut Education Association members' children.

Connecticut School Counselor's Association Graduate Student Scholarships - These scholarships are open to Connecticut residents who are matriculated in a program for School Counseling Certification.

Federal Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees Program - This program provides for the cancellation of the remaining balance due on eligible federal student loans after the borrower has made 120 monthly payments on those loans under certain public service fields such as teaching, public safety, health, and military service.

Federal Student Cancellation/Deferment Option for Teachers - If you are a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it may be possible for you to cancel or defer student loans you have accepted or may need to accept to finance your education.

Minority Teacher Incentive Grant and Weisman Scholarship Programs - If you are interested in teaching and are a member of an underserved group, the state of Connecticut offers two programs to help with the cost of your education in return for teaching in a Connecticut public school. Both the Minority Teacher Incentive Grant program and the Weisman Scholarship Program provide up to $5,000 a year for two years of full-time study to minority undergraduates enrolled in a Connecticut teacher preparation program.

National Education Association (NEA) - The NEA offers financial assistance to help teachers who are working under provisional certification and teacher candidates. Support is available for tuition, books, and the state teacher licensure examination.

TEACH Grant Option - The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education, or TEACH grant, benefits new and current teachers.