Scholarships and Discounts

School of Education students may access a variety of financial aid opportunities to fund their studies at Azusa Pacific University. Below are some of the discounts and scholarships available to students in the School of Education, and students are also encouraged to contact Graduate and Professional Student Financial Services for more information on scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loan assumptions.

MOU Partner Tuition Discounts

The School of Education and the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences offer a 10 percent tuition discount for eligible employees of the following districts, counties, and charter schools who will start in a graduate education program through the School of Education or a graduate physical education program through the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences.

Please note: The School of Education’s doctoral program (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) is not eligible for any MOU discount. The discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid.

  • Apple Valley Unified School District
  • Arcadia Unified School District
  • Colton Joint Unified School District
  • Corona Norco Unified School District
  • Empire Springs Charter School
  • Hesperia Unified School District
  • Menifee Unified School District
  • Moreno Valley Unified School District
  • Murrieta Valley Unified School District
  • Orange County Superintendent of Schools
  • Oro Grande Unified School District
  • Pasadena Unified School District
  • Perris Union High School District
  • Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District
  • River Springs Charter School
  • Romoland School District
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • Victor Valley Union High School District

Note: School and district MOU partners are subject to change. Contact your student account specialist to confirm current eligibility.

Don’t See Your District?

If your district is not listed, please have your district office email schoolofed@apu.edu to express an interest in establishing an MOU with Azusa Pacific University.

Students fill out the MOU Discount Form and provide proof of employment every year of enrollment. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

School of Education Alumni Tuition Discounts

APU’s School of Education offers an alumni tuition discount for Azusa Pacific alumni starting in a graduate program.

Students must be in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students must be enrolled at least half-time. If qualifications are met, the discount may be renewed each term. APU will pay $500 per term (up to $2,000 over the course of the program). This discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Notes on Eligibility: The School of Education’s doctoral program (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership) and the Clear Administrative Services Credential (CASC) program are not eligible for the alumni tuition discount. APU doctoral alumni are also not eligible for the School of Education alumni discount. Additionally, the alumni discount cannot be combined with other institutional aid, such as School of Education scholarships. Students who are eligible for both may choose to receive either the alumni discount or an APU scholarship. Contact Student Financial Services for complete eligibility details.

Note: Award and eligibility are applicable for the 2020-21 academic year and apply to students admitted beginning fall 2020. The discount is subject to change.

Alice V. Watkins Scholarship

This scholarship honors the late Dr. Alice V. Watkins, former dean of APU’s School of Education. Dr. Watkins was passionate in encouraging students in their teacher preparation goals. This scholarship assists students enrolled in an APU teaching credential program. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount and may vary year to year. Awards range from $500 to $1,000 and are available each fall and spring. Apply for the Alice V. Watkins Scholarship.

Dan and Judy Watkins Scholarship

This scholarship honors Dan and Judy Watkins’ appreciation of adult learners who are transitioning into a teaching career. This scholarship assists students who completed their undergraduate degree in a non-traditional format and who are currently enrolled in the APU Multiple Subject Teaching Credential program. Preference is given to full-time Christian workers and/or their family member(s). Awards are based on the endowed fund amount and may vary year to year. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,500 and are available each fall and spring. Apply for the Dan and Judy Watkins Scholarship.

Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of the late Ernest Boyer, the noted educator who served as president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His friends and family established a fund to provide awards for students who are planning careers as teachers. Azusa Pacific University is honored to be one of five institutions selected to provide two annual awards (one in fall and one in spring). Students enrolled in a teaching credential program are eligible to apply. Criteria include Dr. Boyer’s values, including commitments to community, character, and service, and creating a climate for learning. Apply for the Ernest L. Boyer Teacher Scholarship.

Lillian B. Wehmeyer Scholarship

This scholarship is in memory of the late Dr. Lillian B. Wehmeyer, former faculty in the School of Education doctoral program, who lived with a passion for assisting doctoral students in successful research. APU School of Education doctoral program students who are attending on a half- or full-time basis and who demonstrate satisfactory academic progress, evidence a commitment to service, and show financial need may apply for an award ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount, may vary year to year, and are available each fall and spring. Apply for the Lillian B. Wehmeyer Scholarship.

Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship honors the memory of the late Marvin O. Johnson who was a passionate educator throughout his lifetime teaching career. This scholarship assists serious-minded and spiritually-sensitive students who are enrolled full-time in a teaching credential and/or master’s degree program preparing for classroom education (K-12). Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in consecutive fall and spring terms, and desire to teach in the public school system. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount and may vary year to year. The award is typically $2,500 and applications are accepted fall and spring. Apply for the Marvin O. Johnson Scholarship.

School of Education Student Teaching Scholarship

Application to the School of Education Student Teaching Scholarship is by invitation only to students with demonstrated financial hardship who are enrolled in a combined degree and teaching credential program (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Special Education) with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Applicants must be cleared for clinical practice (student teaching) in the upcoming term for which they are applying. Awards are typically $4,000 each, and five scholarships are available each fall and spring.

Simmerok Family Encouragement Scholarship

This scholarship represents Dr. Bruce Simmerok’s vision of encouraging graduate students. As a faculty member and administrator at APU, Dr. Simmerok had a heart for helping others succeed, particularly those in online programs. The scholarship is available to School of Education students in degree programs who demonstrate financial need. Awards are based on the endowed fund amount, may vary year to year, and are available each fall and spring. Apply for the Simmerok Family Encouragement Scholarship.

Victress Bower Scholarship

Residents of Riverside or San Bernardino counties may qualify for this externally funded scholarship. Students must already be credentialed, teaching, and seeking an additional credential or master’s degree in special education. Awards are based on the external funds available, may vary year to year, and are available each fall and spring. Apply for the Victress Bower Scholarship.

View additional outside financial aid opportunities—including scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loan assumptions—available to School of Education students.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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