Important Program Update:
Due in part to California’s emergency response and potential state budget revisions vital to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current GSTG program process is subject to change. While the GSTG program is accepting applications from eligible students, the GSTG program awards are currently on hold pending state budgetary decisions. Any updates concerning the program will be posted on this page. Applicant records will be saved, and the Commission will send updates when further information is available. Interested students may email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) encourages students to consider earning a teaching credential and teach in a high-need field, at a priority school, in California for four years, within five years after completing a teacher preparation program. The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) will award one-time Golden State Teacher Grant funds of up to $20,000 to over 4,400 eligible students across California, that are enrolled in a Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved teacher preparation program within a California institution of higher education on or after January 1, 2020. Applicants must agree to all terms and conditions of the GSTG program or be required to repay the grant.
The GSTG awards will be allocated to CTC approved teacher preparation institutions within a California institution of higher education based on the number/percentage of preliminary teacher credential recommendations the schools graduated the previous academic year. College and University campuses will nominate applicants using their own selection criteria and procedures to identify eligible students.
Eligible candidates must comply with provisions of the Teaching Agreement contract:
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) while enrolled in a teacher preparation program
- After program completion, GSTG recipients must teach:
- Four years
- In a High need field
- Priority schools: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/commission/notices/gs-teacher-list teacher list
- Priority schools can be either those with high percentages of emergency credential
- permitholders or high percentages of low-income students
- Within five years after completion of teacher credentialing program