Finance Your Education

Finance Your Education

There are many financial programs available to offset the cost of seeking a teaching certificate. From state and national grants, as well as ongoing financial support from the Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST Grants), there are many ways to finance a career as an educator in Washington State.

Washington State and the U.S. Department of Education understand the need for qualified and dedicated teachers in our schools. To this end Washington provides State Need Grants specifically for resident post-secondary students who are pursuing a teacher certificate.

In addition to general financial aid and grant programs, the Federal Student Aid Office includes a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant for students who are completing or plan to complete coursework to begin a teaching career.


  • The TEACH Grant is available to students who plan to teach in a high need, low income school. The U.S. Department of Education offers several other general grants including the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG).


  • The Washington Student Achievement Council recognizes the vital need for new teachers across the state. Washington provides a State Need Grant for eligible students who attend an eligible post-secondary school in the state.


  • The BEST Grant is designed for districts to create systems of support that attract train and retain new teachers. The competitive grant process considers several factors such as evidence of need, leadership and instructional focus, among others, when awarding grants.