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Funding Opportunities for Special Education Credential and Graduate Students

Financial Aid

CSULB offers one of the most affordable programs in the state. Students are provided financial aid packages based on their individual needs.

CSULB Financial Aid


The College of Education offers competitive scholarships to deserving credential and graduate students. Specific scholarships are also available for student teachers. Please apply for CED scholarships by the February deadline to be considered for a scholarship in the following academic year.

College of Education Scholarships

Federal Grants

Program faculty have secured federal funding to train three cohorts (15 teachers) of Special Education teachers over a period of 5 years. The federal grant will focus primarily on culturally responsive transition planning. Funding for the participants on this grant will be around $16,000 the first year and $13,000 the second year- to be used for tuition and other education related expenses. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Edwin Achola.

TEACH Grants

Students who plan to teach as a special educator, may wish to consider the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant that is designed for students who intend to teach full time in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that the U.S. Department of Education has designated as having a high concentration of students from low-income families. For more information and to apply, see 


Tuition Waiver Fund

CSULB has a highly selective pilot program for graduate students that provides free-tuition to “highly competitive applicants, who might otherwise accept an admission offer from another institution.” This program will fund approximately 3 students in the college based on faculty nominations.

Our students are competitive for multiple financial awards during their studies. The following are some of the scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and grants our students have qualified for:

  • Graduate Student Scholarship
  • Graduate Research Fellowship
  • State University Grant
  • Federal OSEP Training Grant
  • Summer Student Research Assistantship
  • Hispanic Opportunities for Graduate Access and Retention (HOGAR) tuition Grant
  • College of Education Scholarships
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies Travel Grant
  • College of Education Student Conference Travel Grant
  • Associated Students Inc. Travel Grant