Teacher Grants and Resources

Grants & Fellowships

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching.

CERRA Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. 

They receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds (up to $6,000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification.

Loan Forgiveness

Borrowers who received a Teachers Loan, Career Changer Loan, or a PACE Loan may be eligible to have portions of their loan indebtedness forgiven by teaching in certain critical geographic and/or subject areas in the SC public school system. 

Other Resources

TeachSC has free tools and resources to make becoming a classroom teacher easier! Create an account to access:

  • An interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursement towards your educator program application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing, and finances.
  • A chance to win a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition.

Call Me MISTER is an innovative program that originated at Clemson University and now includes offerings at many two- and four-year colleges throughout South Carolina. The program is an acronym of Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models, and its goal is to increase the pool of available teachers in our state—particularly at low-performing elementary schools

Call Me MISTER is an enriching program that offers countless perks, including:

  • Tuition assistance through Loan Forgiveness programs at participating colleges
  • An academic support system to help ensure your success
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support
  • Assistance with job placement

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