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Learn strategies for financing your education, from finding scholarships to exploring loan forgiveness.
Learn strategies for financing your education, from finding scholarships to exploring loan forgiveness.

Cost-Saving Strategies

There are many opportunities to reduce or eliminate your training expenses.

  • Apply for scholarships and financial aid

    There are some pretty significant scholarship opportunities for aspiring teachers in Houston. For example, the Charles Butt Scholarship offers $8,000/year for up to four years, as well as professional support through and after completing your training. Multiple universities in Texas offer the scholarship, including the University of Houston and Rice University.

  • Explore loan forgiveness programs

    If you teach in high-demand schools or subjects like math, science and special education, the federal government and many states have created programs to forgive some or all of your student loans. For starters, check out Texas Education Agency's Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program.
     

  • Apply for teacher training scholarships

    Whether you’re in high school, college or graduate school, there are lots of opportunities that you may be eligible for. See a list of featured scholarships in Houston. 

  • Start your training at a community college

    Have you considered starting your undergrad at a community college? Many community colleges offer transfer programs to larger universities. You can start training at the community college and finish your degree at a larger university.

  • Train while in undergrad

    You can avoid paying tuition for a graduate school program by completing all of the coursework and training you need to become a certified teacher as part of your bachelor’s degree. 

    Head over to About Certification to learn more.
     

  • Earn a salary while completing your coursework

    If you have a bachelor’s degree, but haven’t completed a teacher preparation program, you can explore alternative certification programs that allow you to take coursework while you start working in the classroom.

Not sure where to begin? Get personalized advice.

If you want help finding scholarships and financial aid you're best suited for, schedule a free 1-on-1 coaching call.

When you sign up, you'll get access to a checklist app that keeps track of application deadlines and best practices, and fee rebates of up to $100.
 

Key vocabulary

All this money talk can get confusing. Here are some key terms to help you get started.

A scholarship is a direct payment made to the student or the institution that student is attending. It is a set amount of funds awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement or financial need, along with demonstrated success and interest in specific areas defined by the scholarship.

  • Scholarships
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  • Eligibility
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