Financial Aid

Students pursuing a Teaching Credential or Masters in Education may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants and/or student loans. Financial aid can assist with University fees, book expenses and/or living expenses. To determine if you are eligible for any financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). It is free to file and you can do it online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ . Visit the SSU Financial Aid website at http://www.sonoma.edu/finaid/ for priority filing date information.

Scholarship Information

Scholarships at Sonoma State University are awarded on the basis of academic merit, usually without regard to financial need or state of residency. Students should contact the SSU Scholarship Office in Stevenson Hall, Room 1050, (707) 664-2261, or http://www.sonoma.edu/scholarship/ for information. The application deadline is January 15.

There are several scholarships available that are specific to teaching, please go to http://www.sonoma.edu/education/Scholarships/index.html for more information. Off-campus scholarship information is available in the Scholarship Office in Salazar Hall. Good sites for scholarship searches on the Internet are: FastWeb, FinAid, and the California Student Aid Commission. Scholarship funding is taken into account when preparing a financial aid award package and may reduce other aid. Students are required to notify the Sonoma State University Financial Aid Office when they are awarded a scholarship.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: APLE Loan Forgiveness Program

Due to the 2012-13 Budget Act, which was recently approved by the Governor, new allocations for the APLE program has been eliminated. The elimination of new allocations includes the APLE for District Interns and the APLE for Credentialed Teachers programs.

As a result of the 2012-13 Budget Act, the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) will not accept 2012-13 applications for the APLE program. No other changes to these programs were made. The Commission will continue to accept and process other forms and documentation to administer program benefits for existing participants who are in the program.

Prospective applicants who have submitted 2012-13 applications to the APLE program will be notified about the recent change in legislation. The Commission’s website will also be updated with this new information. While it is unfortunate that the 2012-13 allocations were eliminated for our loan assumption programs, the authority for the APLE program remains in statute. In future years, if funding is appropriated, this program can be reinstated.

If you have any questions regarding the information contained in this communication, please contact Maricela Ibarra, Student Services Coordinator at Sonoma State University: 707-664-2483, maricela.ibarra@sonoma.edu

Recommendation:

There are sizable federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness programs, which are operative after individuals have served as full-time teachers for five years in low-income elementary or secondary schools in a shortage field. Information about these federal programs—which CSAC recommends be provided to teacher candidates—is at:
http://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/charts/teacher