Math and Science Teacher Initiative

Financial Aid

Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE)
APLE is a competitive loan forgiveness program designed to encourage outstanding students to become California teachers in subject areas where a critical teacher shortage has been identified or in designated schools meeting specific criteria. Up to between $11,000 and $19,000 in outstanding educational loan balances can be paid by the California Student Aid Commission in return for four consecutive years of teaching service in one of the teacher shortage areas. Amounts above $11,000 are associated with teaching of mathematics, science and special education in the highest need schools.

Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation
(up to 100% loan cancellation)
The Federal Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation program applies to teachers who have taught in an elementary or secondary school as a teacher in a school serving students from low-income families, a special education teacher, or a teacher in the fields of mathematics, science, foreign languages/bilingual education, or in any other shortage areas in the state of California.

Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program (FFEL) and Direct Loan Programs
($5,000-$17,000 loan cancellation)
To qualify for FFEL, a teacher must have been employed as a full-time teacher for five consecutive, complete academic years in an elementary or secondary school that the U.S Department of Education has been designated as a low-income school. These teachers may receive up to either $5,000 or $17,500 of loan cancellation.
Teachers can receive the maximum loan forgiveness amount if they are fully qualified and are either teachers of mathematics or science in an eligible secondary school or are special education teachers.

Robert Noyce Scholarship Program
(Up to $10,000 Per Year)
The Robert Noyce Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. Each Noyce Scholar can receive up to three years of scholarships with stipends of up to $10,000 per year. Preference is given to students seeking a single subject credential in mathematics or science who might otherwise not have considered the teaching profession, particularly individuals with high academic achievement and financial need who are from underrepresented groups. The Noyce Fellowship Program offers awards of up to $10,000 for one year of combined credential/Master's study followed by $10,000 of support during the first four years of teaching.