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Graduate students are eligible to borrow money from the Federal Stafford loan program to assist with their educational expenses. Currently, students who qualify may borrow up to $8,500 per academic year through the subsidized program and $12,000 through the unsubsidized program. Subsidized loans have the interest deferred until six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Students are responsible for paying the interest on unsubsidized loans as it becomes due. In some cases, the interest may be deferred until after graduation.
In order to be considered for either program, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applications for financial assistance and for the loan programs are available at the Office of Financial Assistance in Johnson Hall. You may also apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Martin Marietta Scholarships
Martin Marietta Scholarships are open to degree-seeking or licensure-only students who demonstrate the following: financial need, academic success and commitment to teaching. In accordance with Martin Marietta guidelines, priority is given to students whose specialty is teaching ESL.
Teacher Tuition Assistance
Teachers enrolled in the Master of Education program are eligible to receive tuition assistance of $200 for each three-credit course. Students must be under contract in a North Carolina public or private school at the K–12 level. The principal of the school needs to sign a teacher tuition assistance form, which the student then return to the graduate studies office.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
As of July 1, 2008, the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program will provide up to $4,000 a year in grant aid to undergraduate and graduate students and students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program, or current or prospective teachers. For more information about this federal program, please visit the US Department of Education website. Contact our office to receive a checklist of steps that must be completed in order to receive the TEACH grant. Once the steps on the checklist have been completed and the proper documentation has been submitted to the financial assistance office, you may complete the TEACH grant agreement to serve located at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action.