Earning your teaching credential may be more affordable than you think—especially when you take important planning steps and explore the wide variety of financial resources available to teacher candidates in California. Learn how to fund your future with the tools below. Use them to compare your options, plan your journey, and help cover the cost of it, too.

Funding Your Future in Teaching offers financial planning steps for every aspiring educator and sample packages if you’re considering a California-based teacher residency program. In some cases, candidates can complete their Preliminary teaching credential debt-free!

Teacher Candidate Funding Explorer is a comprehensive, searchable database of federal and state dollars you may be eligible to collect to make your journey toward a teaching credential affordable or cost-free—see a snapshot of just some of the funding opportunities that may be available to you below. Funding eligibility depends on your unique circumstances, as well as your choices in career and teacher program pathway.

PathwayWorking full time as a teacher during program?Paid during program?Eligible for grants?
ResidencyPossibly, depending on residency programSalary or stipend
Integrated UndergraduateNoNo


Updated June 07, 2024