How do residents make the program work financially?
As enrolled graduate students at the University of Washington, residents are eligible to apply for student loans and loan deferment through the University. Many residents choose to supplement their monthly stipend and cover the costs to and other living costs by applying for student loans.
There are multiple loan forgiveness programs available for teachers.
Where can I find more information about teacher loan forgiveness?
What scholarships and grants are available?
There are multiple databases listing scholarship and grant opportunities for teachers:
TEACH Grants – SPED pathway residents are eligible for this grant
– Washington state specific scholarship database
Does STR provide housing for residents?
No. Residents are responsible for finding their own housing. STR is committed to providing resources and connections for residents – please contact the recruiter if you have any questions or concerns about housing.
What about other resources (health insurance, child care, transportation)?
Residents are responsible for health insurance. Depending on your own financial situation, many residents are eligible for free health insurance through Washington state’s AppleHealth program.
Interested applicants with children are encouraged to apply. Every year, there are always several parents who are part of the cohort. The recruiter can connect you with graduate parents from the program if you have more questions about how these grads were able to balance their family responsibilities with the rigor and demands of the program.
The STR program is committed to providing and connecting applicants with resources as needed. We don’t want these to be barriers to success in the program. Please contact the recruiter for additional information.
How much does a first year teacher make in Seattle Public Schools?
First year teachers with master’s degrees earn approximately $56,000 per year (annual base salary ~$42,000 + TRI supplemental ~$14,000), per the 2015-18 collective bargaining agreement between SEA and SPS.