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APLE Program

Financial aid for tomorrow's teachers

The Assumption Program of Loans for Education (APLE) is a competitive teacher incentive program designed to attract outstanding students into the teaching profession. Under the provisions of the APLE, the California Student Aid Commission may assume up to $11,000 in outstanding student loan balances in return for the participant's service as a public school teacher in either a designated subject-matter shortage area, a school serving a large population of students from low-income families, schools serving rural areas, State Special Schools, schools with a high percentage of Emergency Permit Teachers, or low-performing schools. New applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed a minimum of 60 semester or 90-quarter units prior to the fall term (October-December) (Must be at least a Junior or Senior by October of the fiscal year you are applying for).
  • Be enrolled in a program leading to a baccalaureate degree or in an approved program of professional teacher preparation through at least the end of the fall term.
  • Have received, or been approved to receive, Stafford Student Loans/Guaranteed Student Loans, Perkins/National Direct Student Loans, Supplemental Loans for Students, Consolidation Loan Program Loans, or privately funded educational loans issued to students through institutions of higher education for the purpose of defraying costs associated with obtaining a baccalaureate degree, or an initial teaching credential.
  • Have no repayment obligation for any state of federal educational grants and be in good standing with repayment of any state or federally insured educational loans.
  • Not have completed the coursework necessary to obtain an initial teaching credential. For participants who agree to provide teaching service in mathematics, science, business, foreign language, agriculture, education specialist (fomerly Special Education),or at a low-income school, an initial teaching credential is defined as a preliminary or clear multiple or single subject teaching credential. For those participants who agree to provide teaching service in special education an initial credential is defined as a specialist credential in special education.
  • Be enrolled in at least 15-quarter units of coursework required for a baccalaureate degree or an initial teaching credential from October through June of the fiscal year you are applying for. Students enrolled in a combination Master's/Credential program must be enrolled in at least 11.5 quarter units from October through June of the fiscal year you are applying for. Coursework for a master's degree or a supplemental teaching authorization cannot be counted towards the minimum unit requirement unless required for an initial teaching credential. Participants only have to maintain half-time enrollment status if they are:
    • Teaching with a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) Credential, or in a District Intern Program,
    • Employed full-time in a field other than teaching, or
    • Employed as teacher aides, instructional aides, or teacher assistants.

Application Procedure
Currently, CSAC is accepting applictions for the 2010-2011fiscal year.  After determining the fiscal year that you should apply for, log on to the California Student Aid Commission at to download the appropriate application. Submit the completed application to the Financial Aid Advisor at your campus or mail your completed application to:

National University Financial Aid Office
11355 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
ATTN: Linda Jennings

The 2010-2011 APLE Program has an application deadline of 6/30/2011. The priority filing deadline is September 30, 2010.

Selection Criteria and Notification
Applicants will be selected for nomination based on their Grade Point Average (GPA). You will be notified by the Financial Aid Office if you have, or have not been nominated for the APLE program.

National University is a member of the National University System.