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Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship

The Teacher Preparation Affordability (TPA) Scholarship was created to increase the number of teachers in designated high-need teacher positions in New Mexico by funding students enrolled in educator preparation programs. The scholarship pays up to $6,000 per academic year and is stackable with other forms of financial aid.

Am I eligible?

Prospective students that are interested in this opportunity must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a resident of New Mexico or eligible for a nondiscrimination waiver.
  2. Enrolled at least-half time in a COEHS educator preparation program during the semester for which you are seeking funding. Graduate students must be enrolled in one or more courses required for alternative licensure.
  3. Have not yet earned educational credentials to be licensed as a teacher.
  4. Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA. To determine if you qualify, please fill out a FAFSA and enter UNM Code: 002663.Current Students: making satisfactory academic progress (SAP).
  5. New students: apply to UNM and meet the admission requirements and apply to a designated COEHS program.
Please note: *Students are eligible for 2 semesters of TPA funding in each academic year.

I meet the qualifications and am ready to apply for academic year 2021-22 funding

The application window for Fall 2021 has closed. Please check back here in January to apply for Spring 2022 funding.

If you have any questions about the GYOT or TPA scholarships, please contact the CSS Outreach office at

TPA is brand new and may still be in flux. Because of this, we ask that prospective students please note there can be changes to this scholarship opportunity. COEHS will do its best to communicate these changes once the state has notified us of any updates.