Financial Help for New Teachers
As with any new job, you should prepare for expenses that might arise before your first paycheck. We recognize that covering these costs can be difficult, so we offer need-based funding packages of no-interest loans and grants to enable corps members in all financial situations to join the corps. Read more to determine your eligibility.
Also note that Teach For America covers housing, food, and transportation to and from daily training during summer institute.
Transitional Funding Packages
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. Packages are granted based on your demonstrated need, cost of moving, and cost of living expenses in your assigned region. While we’d like to be able to give everyone the amount required to fully pay for all transitional costs, we have limited funding that must be distributed across thousands of corps members. Packages are designed to assist with some transitional costs including, but not limited to:
- Travel to training and your region
- Relocation expenses such as rent, gas, moving, etc.
- Testing and initial certification fees
Once you’re in the classroom, it can take from three to six weeks after the start of the school year to receive your first paycheck from the school district. You should have a planned budget for costs that won’t be covered by a transitional funding package.