Education of Deaf / Hard of Hearing Students: Financial Aid
Students may be eligible for Departmental financial aid in the form of tuition waivers, tuition payments or stipends. Master’s students have priority for funding through the Department.
Two sources of financial support are available to students through the program. Federal grant monies from the Office of Special Education can help pay for courses and for course materials. Federal guidelines require that grant recipients teach Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing students for two years for each year or portion of a year that funding is provided. Completion of this teaching requirement negates any payback obligation for these support monies. All fully accepted students can apply for federal monies (students accepted on a provisional basis are not eligible for funding.)
Students living within Arizona or planning to teach within Arizona after completing the program can apply for support monies through the Arizona Loan Forgiveness program. Only students pursuing the MA degree who are enrolled on a full-time basis (9 units) are eligible for these monies. Arizona State guidelines require that grant recipients teach Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing students within Arizona for one year for each year or portion of a year that funding is provided. Completion of this teaching requirement negates any payback obligation for these support monies.
It is possible to receive funding from both sources of money. Pay back for state and federal monies can occur simultaneously i.e. working one year with DHH students in Arizona pays back one year of monies from the Arizona Loan Forgiveness Program and one year of monies from the Federal grant. For those students who are already working with DHH students, pay back of support monies can begin as soon as a student has successfully completed 18 units within the program.
Students interested in financial support through the program must submit a written request to Dr. Shirin Antia. Considerations for support are based on the following:
The following lists priority for support if the above are meet:
Financial aid is dependent on state and federal grant funding and is awarded semester-by-semester. Specific paperwork explaining the requirements of the federal and state grant monies must be signed prior to receipt of any monies.
The TEACH Grant is a federally funded program created in 2007 to support future teachers preparing to serve students in high need areas. Special Education is one of the identified high need areas. Graduate students who are pursuing a master’s degree can receive up to $8000 over the duration of their program. Monies can be awarded to part-time as well as full-time students. Program recipients commit to teach special education students for a period of four years to avoid repayment of these funds. Rebekah Salcedo (520-621-5783 or email@example.com) and Katharine Baggett (520-621-4717or firstname.lastname@example.org) coordinate the TEACH grant for the University of Arizona and can be helpful in addressing questions. We encourage all students to review information on the TEACH grant as well as other financial support specifically for teachers at https://financialaid.arizona.edu/grants/teach.aspx
Other options for financial support are available through the University of Arizona Office of Student Financial Support.