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Corps member reads on carpet in Golfarb Elementary school.

TFA has always been about bringing exceptionally talented individuals into the classroom. We are committed to being a financially viable option for everyone.     

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.

Once you’re in the classroom, it can take from 3-6 weeks to receive your first paycheck. Explore options below for financial aid while transitioning to the corps or serving as a corps member.

Transitional Financial Support

We want you to be able to focus on training and student impact, not worry about finances. In addition to earning a full salary and benefits from your district, TFA provides $5,000 Transitional Financial Support to help you get settled in your new community. This is a baseline support for ALL incoming corps members. Such expenses may include travel to your region, rent and other basic living expenses during summer training, and testing or application fees. 

Need-Based Financial Support

Our pursuit of equity involves helping our incoming corps members who have a greater financial need with their transition prior to receiving their first paycheck. TFA offers Need-Based funding packages for those who qualify in addition to the $5,000 Transitional Financial Support. The Need-Based Financial Support packages are commonly used to supplement housing start-up costs and living expenses, onboarding costs, miscellaneous needs during the summer, and other costs as you settle into your region. You must submit an application to be considered for Need-Based Financial Support. 

Emergency Financial Support

Even when you become a corps member and start receiving your first paycheck, we understand that unexpected things in life happen. TFA is committed to supporting you with the financial stress that is often associated with emergencies and natural disasters. If you’re experiencing significant financial challenges that could impact your ability to continue with your corps commitment, we ask you to be in touch with us.  We can discuss how to best meet your needs. 

AmeriCorps Award

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.

The Black Educators Promise Grant

This is a donor-funded, multi-year initiative, specifically targeted to increase recruitment and retention of Black teachers in the classroom. This grant is a one-time $600 grant for our incoming corps members who self-identify as Black educators. The grant can be used to assist with any expenses during the transition or at the corps member’s discretion.