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Financial Aid Opportunities

We're committed to making your education affordable.  In fact, nearly 75 percent of all Pacific students receive some form of financial aid, with an average financial aid package of $22,000.  It's just one reason why U.S. News and World Report has named the University of the Pacific on of the 50 "Great Schools at Great Prices" for the sixth year in a row.  

We work hard to make sure that every student admitted to our program has access to the full array of loans, grants and scholarships. Don't let concern over finances keep you from enjoying the benefits of a Pacific education.

University of the Pacific's Financial Aid Programs

  • Merit Scholarship-automatically considered with completed application
  • Powell Scholarship information
  • Community Involvement Program (CIP) This scholarship program provides access and opportunity for local area students with a demonstrated history of community involvement and concern.
  • Perkins Loan Teacher Cancellation-You qualify for cancellation (discharge) of up to 100 percent of a Federal Perkins Loan if you have served full time in a public or nonprofit elementary or secondary school system as a....http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/cancelperk.jsp
  • The Stafford Loan Forgiveness Program for Teachers - The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on their FFEL and/or Direct Loan program loans. (Note: As of August 14, 2008, an otherwise eligible borrower may qualify for forgiveness if the borrower has provided qualifying teaching services at one or more locations that are operated by an educational service agency.) http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/studentloans.jsp?tab=funding
  • APLE -The APLE is a state-funded, competitive teacher incentive program administered by the California Student Aid

    Commission (CSAC). The APLE program is designed to encourage outstanding students to become teachers and serve in critical teacher shortage areas in California's public elementary and secondary schools. http://www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=685

Benerd School of Education Graduate Scholarships and Grants

  • Cal Grant Extension for Credential Program

Charles Schiffman Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Established by a generous bequest from Charlie Schiffman '40. Mr. Schiffman was a local teacher and administrator for over 40 years.  He believed in the power of education and provided guidance, support and intellectual challenges to all who knew him.  This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in teaching, counseling, medicine or law enforcement.

Full time Benerd School of Education undergraduates will be considered for this need based award if they submit their FAFSA to the University Financial Aid Office by the annual February deadline.  For more information on how to apply for financial aid at Pacific please contact the Office of Financial Aid.

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship (for Minority Students)

California Financial Aid Programs for Teachers Sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission

  • California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and Commission Programs
  • Cal Grant Teaching Credential Program Benefits.
    Cal Grant A and B recipients who plan to enroll in a teaching credential program may be eligible to renew their Cal Grant award for an additional year. The additional year of payment is provided to students who are seeking an initial teaching credential and cannot be used for other graduate level courses of study. For further information, contact Pacific's Financial Aid Department at 209.946.2421.