Washington State has a long history of providing financial assistance to support the current and future teacher workforce.
Conditional scholarship programs encourage individuals to pursue teaching careers in subjects or locations of high need, also known as "shortage areas." Conditional scholarships provide financial support to students during their teacher preparation program. In return for funding received, the recipient commits to teach at a Washington K-12 public school for a specified amount of time. If the recipient fails to fulfill the teaching service obligation, the recipient must repay the funding, adjusted for any service completed, plus interest and fees.
Loan repayment supports the retention of teachers serving in shortage areas. Loan repayment programs repay all or a portion of outstanding educational loans in exchange for teaching service. Unlike conditional scholarships, which support current students, loan repayment serves current teachers by repaying loans from prior education.
Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) administers the following programs in collaboration with the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). PESB is responsible for determining shortage areas and selecting recipients.
For questions about scholarship availability, application, and selection, please contact PESB at PESB@k12.wa.us.
For questions about program administration and service obligations, please contact WSAC at alt.wsac.wa.gov.
Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship Program
The Alternative Route Conditional Scholarship program is designed for career changers and for individuals already working in the school system who want to transition to teaching by enrolling in an alternative route teacher preparation program. Currently, scholarships are designated to alternative route providers that have been awarded block grants through PESB. For scholarship availability, contact the grant programs directly or inquire through PESB.
Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship Program
The Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship program is designed for paraeducators who have at least three years of classroom experience and have not yet earned a college degree. The program provides funding of up to $4,000 per year toward earning an Associate of Arts degree, which is an entry requirement for enrollment in an Alternative Route 1 teacher preparation program. Recipients are expected to continue on to earn their certification and fulfill a teaching service obligation in exchange for receiving the scholarship. The 2018-19 Parapipeline application deadlines are September 1, 2018; December 11, 2018; March 5, 2019; and May 7, 2019.
Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship
The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship program provides financial support to Washington State certified teachers who seek to add an endorsement in a subject or geographic shortage area. The 2018-19 Retooling application deadlines are September 21, 2018; January 11, 2019; and April 26, 2019.
The following programs are not currently funded and have been suspended. WSAC is not currently accepting applications for new awards but continues to monitor prior recipients who are in the process of fulfilling a service obligation.
- Teacher Shortage Conditional Grant
- Student Teaching Grant
- Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship
- Future Teachers Loan Repayment
For more information, visit WSAC's Suspended Programs page.