Penn GSE

Urban Teaching Apprenticeship


Financing Your Teaching Degree at Penn GSE


Scholarships are awarded to approximately 75% of our admitted applicants. There is not a separate application for scholarships; prospective students are considered for scholarships as their applications are reviewed. The faculty makes scholarship decisions on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated commitment to working with urban communities, potential for adding to the diversity of the cohorts, and in recognition of special talents, skills, experiences.


The Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program does not award assistantships, as these come with service obligations that impinge on the time available for participation in the program. However, we do encourage interested students to apply for Graduate Associate positions in the University’s College House system:

Loan Cancellation

Full-time, full-year teachers in public or private non-profit elementary or secondary schools who work in low-income areas and/or teach in a subject matter shortage area may be eligible to have a portion of their Direct and/or Perkins Loans cancelled

In addition, under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, individuals who enter into and continue to work full-time in public service jobs may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on eligible federal student loans after making 120 payments under qualifying repayment plans and while employed full time by certain public service employers.       

Fellowship Opportunities

Penn GSE’s Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program offers two fellowship opportunities: the Philadelphia Teacher Residency Program and the Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Click here for more information.