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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

Student Funding

*Pending NYSED Approval* Teacher candidates accepted into the Bilingual Special Education Studies (BiSPED) program will receive $300 per credit for 15 credits during their first year of studies (up to a total of $4,500).

Each year, the program selects outstanding students from the incoming class to receive merit-based scholarships. If you wish to be considered for a merit scholarship, you must complete the TC Scholarship Application through the Online Application System from the Office of Admissions.

For financial aid questions, please refer to the TC Office of Financial Aid. The Office of Student Aid makes all final decisions. Financial Aid is recommended based on the following criteria:

  • New are privileged over current students
  • Students close to graduating are privileged over continuing students
  • Distinction between minority, international, and general student financial aid program are made. U.S. minorities are privileged

In addition, college-wide assistance is available to both full-time and part-time students. Aid includes:

  • Teachers College general scholarships
  • Departmental scholarships
  • Minority group scholarships
  • Low-interest loans
  • Work-study opportunities
  • Tuition deferment plan


Outside sources of funding include the TEACH Grant Program, which provides up to $4,000 to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low income families. To find out more about this grant, and other federal funding opportunities, visit

If you are working as a Bilingual General Education Teacher or Bilingual Special Education Teacher then you may be eligible to participate in the Intensive Teacher Institute, a Tuition Assistance Program for Bilingual and English as a Second Language Certification Coursework In General and Special Education. For more information, visit

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