If your goal is to become a certified teacher, you can most likely earn your bachelor’s degree and teacher certification through grants and forgivable loans.  Read below to learn more about several options that make this possible.  Submit your FAFSA using Federal School Code 034383.

Federal Pell Grants

Awarded to undergraduate students

The maximum Federal Pell Grant award is $6,195 for the 2020–2021 award year. 

PIU Online is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer federal student aid.  Our more affordable tuition means PIU Online students are able to graduate without large amounts of student debt to repay. If you qualify for and accept federal student aid, it will cover most, if not all, of your direct education expenses. 

You can use Pell Grants for: 

  1. Tuition and fees, including electronic learning materials 
  2. Textbooks 
  3. Technology 
  4. Other educational expenses 

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

Awarded for those serving in a low-income school.

Provides up to $17,500 in Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan forgiveness if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years.

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • You must not have had an outstanding balance on Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program loans as of Oct. 1, 1998, or on the date that you obtained a Direct Loan or FFEL Program loan after Oct. 1, 1998.
  • You must have been employed as a full-time, highly qualified teacher for five complete and consecutive academic years, and at least one of those years must have been after the 1997–98 academic year.
  • You must have been employed at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves low-income students (a “low-income school or educational service agency“).
  • The loan(s) for which you are seeking forgiveness must have been made before the end of your five academic years of qualifying teaching service.

Experience the Process

Complete your application and enroll for free.


Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

For students with exceptional financial need.

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. 

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Veteran's Educational Benefits

PIU Online provides VA education benefits to qualified veterans and their dependents.  To apply, call toll free at 1-888-GIBILL1 or apply online.

To get an estimate of your projected VA benefit amount, you click here: PIU Online Supports Veterans

You will need to submit to us your Statement of Benefits.  Request it online here.

These benefits are administered by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA),