How do you fund your degree here at UNC Asheville? First, familiarize yourself with the UNC Asheville Financial Aid website and the various programs and scholarships available to our students. UNC Asheville is consistently recognized as a “best buy” year after year. Apart from our stellar academics and nationally competitive, low tuition prices, we strive to provide financial assistance to help students remove the financial barriers in obtaining a higher education.
The Department of Education offers Teachers Helping Teachers, made possible through a generous gift from Gene and Tommy Arnold. Dr. Arnold is a former UNC Asheville Department of Education professor and BCS educator. Her passion is helping the next generation of teachers get licensed at UNC Asheville by providing support for pre-service teachers to pay for licensing exams (Praxis I, Praxis II, Pearson Exams, etc.), or to meet other expenses related to gaining licensure. (Note: Teachers Helping Teachers funding is not available for edTPA.) You can apply for Teachers Helping Teachers financial assistance using this Google Form.
The College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) offers a list of scholarships for North Carolina students.
Reviews.com offers a list of reviewed scholarship platforms.
Additionally, the Department of Education supports the following scholarships specifically designed to encourage high-quality students to consider teaching as a profession.
UNC Asheville Department of Education Scholarships
SNCAE Teacher Credentialing Grants
SNCAE/NCAE will provide reimbursement to 25 members for up to $200 of Teacher Assessments and other credentialing fees (ex: edTPA, Praxis exams) taken during the 2022-23 year with proof of receipts. Complete the online application at https://bit.ly/sncaegrant by March 15, 2023.
ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship
The ACS-Hach Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Scholarship is awarded to recent graduates with limited work experience and an interest in becoming secondary chemistry teachers. Recipients must be pursuing a Masters degree or becoming certified as a chemistry/science teacher.
Scholarship recipients receive either up to $6,000 for full-time study or up to $3,000 for part-time study.
FLANC Jane Mitchell-Manolita Buck Scholarship
FLANC, the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina, offers the annual Jane Mitchell-Manolita Buck Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship for world language teacher licensure students entering their final year of study.
Forgivable Education Loans for Service (FELS)
The Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistance to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. A borrower must complete their Approved Education Program, obtain licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and teach in a Qualified Position in North Carolina. Eligible Qualified Positions include employment in a North Carolina public school or charter school, a school operated by the State of North Carolina, or a school operated by the federal government in North Carolina. Employment as an administrator, substitute teacher, or employment in a nonpublic school, community college, or institution of higher education is not eligible for Loan Forgiveness. Areas of teacher shortage include: Biology, Chemistry, Comprehensive Science, ESL, Math, Middle Grades, Physics, and Special Education.
Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers
There are a handful of federal loan forgiveness programs through the US Department of Education.