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Financial Aid for Tomorrow's Teachers

The cost of higher education has put the career goals of many students out of reach. Yet some of today's most in-demand professions offer financial assistance to exceptional students preparing for future careers.

For example, 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 APLE, the California Student Aid Commission may assume up to $11,000 in student loan balances in return for  your 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.

Applicants for the APLE program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Junior or Senior by October of the year you are applying for and completed a minimum of 60 semester or 90-quarter units
  • 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, educational loans
  • Have no repayment obligation for any state or  federal educational grants and be in good standing with repayment of any state or federally insured educational loans
  • Be enrolled in at least 15-quarter units of coursework required for a baccalaureate degree or an initial teaching credential or at least 11.5 quarter units in a Master's/Credential program

Students will be selected for this program based on their Grade Point Average (GPA).

For more information on the APLE Program, visit us online, or go to to download an application.