Affordable Training in Kansas City
You can get certified to teach without breaking the bank. Browse 100+ scholarship and loan forgiveness opportunities or dig into the details.
You can get certified to teach without breaking the bank. Browse 100+ scholarship and loan forgiveness opportunities or dig into the details.

Make Your Teacher Preparation Affordable

It's understandable to have your eye on the cost of teacher preparation programs. The good news is that there are many opportunities to reduce or even eliminate the need for loan repayment. Here are a few cost-saving strategies to consider:

  1. Explore loan forgiveness programs.

    If you are willing to commit to teaching in high-demand schools or subjects like math, science and special education for a few years after you graduate, the federal government has created programs to forgive some or all of the loans that students acquire while in school. Learn more about these programs.

  2. Apply for teacher training scholarships.

    There are many scholarships and financial aid opportunities available to future teachers in Kansas City. You just have to know where to look!

    Get started with the currently featured scholarships on our scholarships page, browse our national scholarship database, and check back often for updates.

  3. Get your training as part of your undergraduate education.

    You can avoid having to pay tuition for a graduate school program by completing all of the coursework and training that you need to become a certified teacher as part of your bachelor’s degree.

    Head over to the Programs page to read more about your options.

  4. Earn a salary while completing your coursework.

    If you have a Bachelor’s degree, but haven’t completed a teacher preparation program, you can explore alternative certification programs that allow you to take coursework while you start working in the classroom.

    Some programs follow a hands-on “residency” program, like Kansas City Teacher Residency, where you may earn a stipend as a teacher-in-training before leading a classroom, while others provide an opportunity to work as a full-time teacher once you complete your pre-service training.

    Explore different pathways to certification, or start your search for specific programs.

  5. Apply for other scholarships and financial aid.

    In addition to what you will find in the TEACH.org database, there’s a whole universe of other scholarship, financial aid and loan opportunities relevant for anyone pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees across the U.S., or in a specific state, region or university.

    For example, if you're at least 24 years old with some college under your belt, you might want to apply for the KC Scholars program, specifically designed for adults who want to go back to school.

Key Vocabulary

A scholarship is a direct payment made to the student or the institution that student is attending. It is a set amount of funds awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement or financial need, along with demonstrated success and interest in specific areas defined by the scholarship.

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