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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. Have applied or will apply to a COEHS educator preparation program by the time the semester begins and be accepted. Graduate students must be enrolled in courses for alternative licensure.
  2. Enrolled at least half-time
  3. Have not yet earned educational credentials to be licensed as a teacher
  4. Demonstrate financial need via the FAFSA
  5. Have not received the Teacher Preparation Affordability (TPA) Scholarship for the prior two consecutive semesters. (Students are eligible for TPA funds for 2 semesters in each academic year.)

How to apply

  1. Fill out the application form to the best of your ability
  2. Complete your FAFSA and enter UNM Code: 002663
  3. Declare intent to teach in a high-need position by writing a 500-word maximum statement and uploading to the application where indicated.
  4. If you are a graduate student, you will be asked to upload your “Concise Student Schedule”. It must show your graduate program name, and the courses you are (or will be) registered for in the semester that you are applying.

I meet the qualifications and am ready to apply

Applications for academic year 2020-2021 funding are not being accepted at this time because all of the available scholarship funds have been awarded. Please check back for updates in the event that funding again becomes available.

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.