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The following is the complete list of estimated costs for the Teacher Preparation Program.

Our goal is to be transparent and informative of ALL of the costs associated with becoming a teacher. We work with each individual candidate to identify the most cost-effective pathway to equip you to obtain your teaching certificate. The first list are costs you may incur as you apply to the program (or any program). Below that is an estimate of costs for our program.

We recognize that each Teacher Candidate is unique, and our program allows you to attend part-time or full-time. 

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Traditional Pathway

Teacher Preparation Program Estimated Cost of Attendance


Financial Aid

Incoming Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) students are considered for grants and federal loans that are administered by the Office of Financial Aid. You will submit a FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application with our school code (041271). Financial Aid is only available for a first time credential applicant. Learn more about Financial Aid options and deadlines here: Financial Aid UC Merced 


When completing the FAFSA or CADAA for the Teacher Preparation Program, please respond to these questions as follows:

Q29: What will your college grade level be when you begin the XXXX-XXXX school year?

A29: 5th year/other undergraduate

Q30: What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the XXXX-XXXX school year?

A30: Teacher credential (nondegree program)

Q48: I will be working on a master’s or doctorate program (e.g., MA, MBA, MD, JD, PhD, EdD, graduate certificate)

A48 : Do NOT check this box. The Teacher Preparation Program is a post-baccalaureate program, NOT a graduate program.

Cal Grants

The  California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) awards Cal Grants to eligible Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) students. Processing will begin in fall 2020/21.

Student Eligibility

Undergraduate Cal Grant A and B recipients who plan to enroll in a TPP, after they receive their bachelor's degree, may be eligible to renew their Cal Grant award for an additional year. The additional year of payment is provided to students who are seeking an initial teaching credential and cannot be used for other graduate-level courses of study.

Q: Who is eligible?

A: Cal Grant A and B recipients who:

  • Received at least one payment in the Cal Grant A or B program as an undergraduate.
  • Have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or completed all required coursework for their bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Are accepted and enrolled in a professional teacher preparation program at a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved institution within 15 months of the end of the term for which the recipient last received a Cal Grant payment.
  • Have not received or submitted an application for a Teaching Credential, such as a Preliminary or Clear Credential.
  • Maintain financial need for a Cal Grant renewal.

Q: When to Apply?

A: Eligible recipients should apply for TPP benefits as soon as possible after completing their bachelor’s degree and after being formally or conditionally accepted into a teaching credential program at an eligible institution.

Q: How to Apply?

A: Eligible students are required to file both a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application ( CADAA) for the academic year for which you wish to receive benefits, as well as a Request for Cal Grant TPP Benefits ( G-44 Form ) to the California Student Aid Commission.


  • Recipients must reactivate their Cal Grant benefits within 15 months of the end of the term for which they last received payment. Leaves of absence from the TPP will not be approved if they result in the recipient exceeding the 15-month grace period.

  • Failure to notify the California Student Aid Commission (Commission) of change of school of attendance, less than half-time status, name, address or phone number may cause the award to be withdrawn. Students can update their demographic information online at
  • The university will be required to confirm eligibility for these additional benefits. Only coursework for the initial teaching credential is eligible for Cal Grant payment.


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*Progam cost is dependent on previous coursework and fieldwork.



Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Additional information is available by visiting the University of California | Office of the President and the California Department of Education.


The Teacher Preparation Program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

On August 6, 2021, The Commission on Teacher Credentialing granted full institutional approval to the University of California, Merced.