California Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program

Overview

California Golden State Teacher Grant (GSTG) Program
OVERVIEW FOR INSTITUTIONS

The Golden State Teacher Grant Program (GSTG) awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working towards earning their preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential.

Students must:

  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.

Golden State Teacher Grant Program Coordinator’s Guide


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Overview for Students
Information on applying, including brochures, for students can be found on the Overview for Students webpage.


Eligibility

To be eligible for the GSTG, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a California-based professional preparation program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). 

  • Be working toward a preliminary teaching or pupil personnel services credential. 
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® Application | Federal Student Aid) or CA Dream Act Application (CA Dream Act Application).
  • Complete their program and obtain their credential within 3 years from the first distribution of GSTG funds.
  • Commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program.

Priority School

Priority schools have more than 55% of pupils classified as English Learners, eligible for free or reduced-price meals, or current foster youth. 

The priority school list is compiled by April 15 annually using data submitted to the California Department of Education (CDE) by each public California school. 

Nonpublic schools are not eligible as priority schools as they do not report data to CDE.

When determining an eligible school for employment, GSTG recipients may refer to the GSTG Priority List published for the school year they received initial GSTG funds or the school year they are seeking employment for after completing their program. 

List of priority schools on the Overview for Students webpage: Golden State Teacher Grant Program- Priority Schools List


Frequently Asked Questions

GSTG Frequently Asked Questions


Next Steps

Once a student has submitted a GSTG application, they will receive a confirmation email. The student’s institution will verify their eligibility and determine their award amount. 

After the institution verifies the student’s eligibility, the student will be asked to sign their Service Agreement (SA). The SA outlines the program requirements, service commitment, and repayment obligation of the grant.

After the SA has been signed, CSAC will process the award across term(s) of enrollment during the academic year and send payment to the institution for disbursement.


For more information, please contact: 

California Student Aid Commission
Golden State Teacher Grant Program
goldenstateteachers@csac.ca.gov