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Financial Support for Teachers

For High School Students and Teacher Candidates

It's never too early or too late to explore how you'll pay for your education. You can start your teaching career with the steps below.

1. Talk to your school counselor

School counselors can help you with career development and provide you with ​scholarship information. Your school counselor can also provide support with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

2. Complete the FAFSA application

You need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so colleges can determine your federal aid eligibility. Many states and colleges use your FAFSA data to award their own aid. Even if you don’t think you are eligible for financial aid, you may be! Click here​ to learn more.

3. Explore Maryland scholarships for future teachers

The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) provides financial aid programs such as the Teaching Fellows for Maryland Scholarship. Visit the MHEC website to learn more about this and other scholarships available in Maryland.

​4. Learn about Student Loan Forgiveness

​​​Teacher Loan Forgiveness is a federal program for educators who work in low-income schools, allowing loan forgiveness up to $17,500!​

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is a loan forgiveness program for public service workers​, including teachers.