Grants and Scholarships

Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded based on merit and do not need to be repaid. Eligibility for scholarships can be based on academic merit, leadership and/or talent. 

Use this section to explore scholarship opportunities available to graduate students enrolled at LMU:

Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program (TCP)

If you were awarded a Cal Grant A or B as an undergraduate, you may be eligible to renew your Cal Grant up to 1 additional year while enrolled in a teaching credential program.

Requirements

  • Received at least one payment in the Cal Grant A or B program as an undergraduate.
  • Have received a bachelor's degree, or completed all required coursework for their bachelor's degree.
  • Are accepted and enrolled in a professional teacher preparation program at a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved institution within 15 months of the end of the term for which the recipient last received a Cal Grant payment.
  • Have not received or submitted an application for an initial Teaching Credential, such as a Preliminary or Clear Credential.
  • Maintain financial need for a Cal Grant renewal.
  • Enrollment in 12-18 units in coursework required by the State for the credential is required to receive a full Call Grant award. The Cal Grant award will be prorated for three-quarter time (9-11) and half-time (6-8) enrollment. Students enrolled less than half-time are not eligible.

How to Apply

Students must complete a FAFSA and Cal Grant G44 renewal form to apply. Click here for more information about Cal Grant Renewal offered by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC)

Federal TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. It provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

To be considered for a Federal TEACH Grant, students must initiate the process of completing an Agreement to Serve (ATS) and TEACH Grant Counseling. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must agree to the following:

  • Serve as a full-time highly qualified teacher at a school serving low income students in a high-need field.
  • Serve for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required four years of teaching service within eight years after you complete (or otherwise cease to be enrolled in) the program for which you received the grant, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay with interest.

Application requirements

Undergraduate students: Must have formally declared a minor in the School of Education in Elementary, Secondary, Bilingual or Special Education. Students are allowed to declare a minor after achieving junior standing therefore LMU does not award the TEACH Grant to freshman or sophomore level students. Students interested in a career in teaching should visit the School of Education, Center for Undergraduate Teaching Preparation.

Graduate students: Your educational program must be designed to prepare you individual to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and lead to a master’s degree. 

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf).