Through scholarships and grants, AUSL makes the cost of gaining a master’s degree at nationally ranked DePaul University significantly more affordable

Financial aid comes in several forms:

• Scholarships and grants that are not repaid
• Loans (some may be forgiven after 5 years of service)

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Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Aid

All residents receive a $20,000 training scholarship (paid directly to you) which can be applied to tuition or used towards living costs.

Tuition, Scholarships & Financial Aid

As a resident, you will enroll a at DePaul University. Tuition is approximately $20,000 for one year. All residents receive a $20,000 training scholarship (paid directly to you) which can be applied to tuition or used towards living costs.

Earn a Master’s in one year

Our University partner offers heavily reduced tuition to help you complete your degree.

Job opportunities

Upon graduation, you’ll begin your career as a master’s level teacher. You’ll become an official Chicago Public Schools teacher and union member, placed into an AUSL-managed school or CPS high need partner school.

FAFSA, Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Forgiveness

Through scholarships and grants, AUSL makes the cost of attaining a masters degree at nationally ranked DePaul University significantly more affordable.

Below is information on FAFSA, as well as the major scholarships, grants, and loans along with their eligibility requirements that CTR Residents can access.

(Note – this list does not include private scholarships that a Resident may obtain on their own.)

Stafford Loans

Important Reminder: nearly all financial aid, whether grants or loans, require a FAFSA form to be filled out. Because the CTR starts in the Summer Session at DePaul, two (2) years of FAFSA MUST be filled out to be granted aid. For the incoming class of 2022-23, there must be a 2021-22 FAFSA on file, as well as a 2022-23 FAFSA on file.

Financial aid for the Summer Session cannot be granted if a 2021-22 FAFSA is not on file. FAFSA documents are free to file and can be located here:

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AUSL Resident Scholarship

Each Resident in the program will receive a $20,000 scholarship to help cover the cost of completing the program. This scholarship can be used to cover DePaul tuition costs, living expenses, or educational expenses.

Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Administered by the state of Illinois, minority Resident candidates may be eligible up to $5,000 per academic year. Priority application is due by March 31st, 2022. Scholarships may, though, be available after that date, so apply if eligible. Requirements and information are located here:

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FAFSA, Scholarships, Grants, Loans, and Forgiveness

Americorps Segal Education Award

Amount varies by year, but is currently $4,460 for the SY22 cohort. Residents must qualify for Americorps (have valid citizenship status and social security number) and have not collected a Segal Education Award more than once in the past. An individual may only earn two Segal Awards. The award is for educational expenses and student loans and is earned at the end of the residency year. Information on the Segal Education Award can be found here:

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TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant is administered through DePaul. Residents are eligible to apply for the TEACH grant, but must be accepted into the program after an interview with DePaul staff. The amount varies, but the maximum is $4000 a year, paid by quarter. The grant requires four (4) years of teaching in a high needs school, or the grant must be repaid. Information on DePaul’s TEACH grant is available here:

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CTR Program Fixed Costs:

DePaul Tuition: $20,000 Student Fees (UPass, tech): $400 Texts (approximate, per quarter)

$200/quarter, $800/school year

Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Teachers are eligible to have either $17,500 or $5,000 of Federal direct loans (subsidized or unsubsidized) forgiven after five (5) years of service in a high needs school in specific content areas.

  • Special Education: up $17,500 for Elementary or Secondary SPE teaching after 5 years.
  • High School STEM: up to $17,500 for Secondary teaching after 5 years.
  • Middle School STEM: up to $5,00 for Middle Level teaching after 5 years.

More information on the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program can be found here:

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Illinois Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program:

The State of Illinois will forgive up to $5,000 for teachers after five (5) years of teaching in high needs schools. The content and grade level of the teaching does not matter, just that the school be in a high needs district. The teacher must have also been eligible for Federal loan forgiveness (see above) and have a balance left on student loans. More information on the Illinois Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program can be found here:

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Federal Student Loans and the DePaul Total Cost of Attendance

For graduate student per year – $37,500. Important because that is the limit of borrowing a student can do for an academic year. Tuition is $20,000 but students can take out the total cost of attendance to increase the availability of funds for the year and use the $17,500 for expenses.

Financial agreement examples

See the following examples of financial arrangements to help determine what will work best for you and your family.

Scenario 3:

Rayla is going to teach middle school science. She would not qualify as a minority candidate. Her goal is to complete the program with as little debt as possible. She is going to take out Federal loans only to cover her tuition.

Total Cost of Attendance: $37,500

Source of income
AUSL Scholarship
Americorps Segal Education Award*
DePaul TEACH Grant*
Total
Amount
$20,000
$4,500
$4,000
$28,500
Cost
Tuition
Fees (Upass, Tech, Student Fees)
Books
ILTS Content Tests
Total
Difference with Amount of Income Above
Amount
$20,000
$400
$800
$200
$21,400
$7,180
Repayment and Forgiveness
Federal and state loan forgiveness after 5 years
Amount
$10,000
There are a myriad of considerations for which financial plan best fits you and your situation. The CTR is also working closely with DePaul University to create a personalized financial aid point of contact to discuss with you the best option for your financial needs.

The CTR is dedicated to lowering the barriers that keep students from enrolling and successfully completing their master’s degree and licensure program. We pledge to work with you as best we can to explore the options available to get you through your program in a way that works for you and your situation.

FAQ: Americorps Segal Education Award

What is the Americorps Segal Education Award?
The Segal Award is a grant given to residents upon completion of their year of service in Americorps as part of the CTR Program. Residents must be eligible to enroll for Americorps service (terms of enrollment below) and complete the necessary timesheets and paperwork to be enrolled in the CTR Americorps Program. Important to note: the Segal Award is granted at the end of the program. It can be used to cover the cost of attendance at DePaul or be paid directly to a student loan servicer. If you have a zero balance at DePaul, the payment is refunded to you.
What are the eligibility requirements?
A resident must have valid citizenship standing and a social security number. You must also meet all Chicago Public School (CPS) safety requirements for entry to schools, (fingerprinting, drug convictions, etc.) to be eligible for Americorps service. If a resident has had past issues, they will be reviewed by CPS and AUSL Human Resources on a case by case basis.
Also, a resident may not collect more than 2 (two) Segal Awards. If you previously served and received more than two Awards, you are not eligible.
How much is the Segal Award worth?
The Segal Award is worth the maximum amount for a Pell Grants offered in the same academic year. For SY2022, residents who served Three-quarters time (which is what the CTR serves) earn $4,546.50 when completing their entire term of service.

The Segal Award is prorated if you leave the CTR program early – once you are in service, you will earn some portion of your Award after you’ve completed at least 20% of your hours.

Is it true my other student loans will be eligible for forbearance during my term of service?
Yes. If you are in the CTR Americorps program, your federal student loans are eligible for forbearance during your period of service. Being a full time graduate student at DePaul also automatically puts your loans in forbearance as well.
Will Americorps make an interest payment for me on the loans that are in forbearance while I serve in the program?

In many cases, yes, upon completion of service, Residents will be eligible for a payment made directly to loan servicers to cover the interest on the loans that have been in forbearance. That must be done through the MyAmericorps portal.
More information on Americorps and the Segal Award are available here.

FAQ: The AUSL Resident Scholarship

What is the AUSL Resident Scholarship?

Each Resident in the program will receive a $20,000 scholarship to help cover the cost of completing the program. This scholarship can be used to cover DePaul tuition costs, living expenses, or educational expenses. Some of this scholarship is recoupable if the conditions of the resident contract are not met in full.

The scholarship is divided into two parts: a scholarship and a scholarship advance.

  • The scholarship covers the work that you do in your residency year, ie: working in classrooms, attending coursework, etc.
  • The scholarship advance is money that is advanced to you in order to meet the cost of DePaul tuition. The advance is money that will be collected if the requirements of your contract are not met. Note: you are not required to use this funding to pay your tuition, but that is what it’s based on.
How often will I be sent a scholarship payment and how much will it be?
A scholarship payment will be made each month, generally, starting in July when courses begin and ending in September of the following year. There are 15 payments in total. Official disbursement dates will be in your Resident Contract.

Payment breakdown: is $625 for scholarship payment, $625 for scholarship advance for a total of $1250 per month for 14 months. The 15th payment is $1,250 scholarship and $1,250 scholarship advance for a total of $2,500. This bring the full amount of the scholarship and advance to $20,000 for the 15 month period.

Why would I have to re-pay my scholarship or scholarship advance?
The terms for repayment are spelled out in the Resident Contract. The repayment specifics are worked out on a case by case basis, but generally the cause of repayment is that the resident doesn’t fulfill the terms of their placement. The contract calls for a residency year and four (4) years teaching in a CTR-approved school, a CPS Opportunity School, or a high needs CPS school approved by the CTR. The repayment schedule is prorated for years of service in approved schools.
Do I have to use my AUSL Scholarship and Scholarship Advance for the tuition at DePaul?
The AUSL Scholarship and Scholarship Advance mirrors, roughly, the cost of tuition at DePaul. It does not cover the entire cost of attendance, an amount set by the federal government, but the cost of actual tuition. However, you do NOT have to use this money to pay for tuition, though tuition must be paid for, but you can use it to supplement your own costs of living and attendance. The decision is up to you on how to use these funds.
Will Americorps make an interest payment for me on the loans that are in forbearance while I serve in the program?

In many cases, yes, upon completion of service, Residents will be eligible for a payment made directly to loan servicers to cover the interest on the loans that have been in forbearance. That must be done through the MyAmericorps portal.
More information on Americorps and the Segal Award are available here.

FAQ: Federal TEACH Grant at DePaul University

What is the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program?
It is a federal grant administered through DePaul University. The grant is for students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are going into teaching and will be serving in high needs subjects or school districts.
What are the steps for applying and receiving the TEACH Grant?

To be apply for eligibility for the TEACH grant, residents must:

  • Complete a FAFSA Form for SY21-22 AND SY22-23
  • Complete, sign, and submit the TEACH Grant forms at DePaul University to DePaul Financial Aid
  • Complete, sign, and submit the online Agreement to Serve (ATS). FSA login required.
  • Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling requirement. FSA login required
  • Watch the TEACH Grant Teaching Obligations webstream
  • Watch the TEACH Grant Potential Repayment Obligation webstream
How much is the TEACH Grant worth?
The grant is paid out quarterly, with a maximum of $4,000 available per academic year.
What are the service requirements to receive the TEACH Grant?
  • Residents agree to serve as a full time teacher in a high needs field in a school that serves low-income students.
  • Residents agree to teach four (4) academic years within the eight (8) calendar years after graduation from your licensing program.
  • Upon graduation from your licensing program, Resident TEACH Grant recipients must submit annually showing they have completed a year of qualifying teacher service or their intent to meet the requirements of the TEACH Grant.
What other requirements for application are there?
  • Residents must have had a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in your last academic degree program.
  • To continue receiving the TEACH Grant during the academic year, a cumulative 3.25 GPA must be maintained.
  • All courses registered for and taken in the degree program must issue a letter grade. No pass/fail course grades are allowed.

Important TEACH Grant information to consider:

Please be aware that the Federal TEACH grant has the potential of turning into a Federal Unsubsidized LOAN. You need to be committed to teaching in a high-need subject area in a school serving low-income students. If you are unsure about this commitment, you should contact DePaul Central to discuss other aid resources.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You will repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education incurring interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

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