Teach For America is committed to being a financially viable option for everyone. Explore options for financial aid while serving as a corps member.
As a Teach For America corps member, you will be a full-time, salaried employee of the district or school where you teach. You are not an employee of Teach for America, nor are you paid by TFA. Learn more about the salary and benefits you can expect.
During summer training, TFA covers housing, food, and daily transportation costs, to allow you to focus on your development as a teacher. However, you should anticipate additional certification and moving costs during this time.
Once you’re in the classroom, it can take from 3-6 weeks to receive your first paycheck. To help ease your transition into the corps, you may be eligible to receive financial aid from one or more of the following programs.
Teach For America Transitional Funding
Teach For America offers need-based funding packages of no-interest loans and grants to enable corps members in all financial situations to join the corps. Transitional funding packages are granted based on your demonstrated need, the cost of moving, and the cost of living expenses in your assigned region. Packages are designed to assist with some transitional costs, including travel, moving, testing, and certification fees. Compare regions to learn more about what expenses to expect.
While Teach For America would like to give everyone the amount required to fully pay for all transitional costs, there is limited funding that must be distributed across thousands of corps members.
You can apply for a need-based transitional funding package at the time of your final interview and again after being admitted to the corps. Details and deadlines are provided on your application.
During one or both years of your corps service, you may be eligible to enroll as an AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive federal funding to help pay off student loans and cover some of the costs incurred while earning your teaching certification. Learn more about AmeriCorps eligibility.
Scholarships & Grants
As a teacher, you may qualify for national and regional scholarships and grants. These programs can help fund classroom materials, education expenses, and more. Explore scholarships and grants for teachers.
With qualified student loans, you may be eligible for loan forgiveness. If you qualify, loan forgiveness programs can either forgive the balance you owe on loans and/or reduce monthly loan payments while you serve in the classroom. Most loan forgiveness programs require you to teach beyond your two-year commitment as a Teach For America corps member. Learn more.
Several national and regional housing programs can assist you in the home purchasing and financing process. Additionally, regional team members can provide housing suggestions and assistance if you're relocating for the corps. Reach out to specific regions to find out more.