The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is deeply committed to investing in the early care and education workforce’s educational attainment.  OCDEL’s tuition assistance funds both the T.E.A.C.H. (administered by PACCA) and Rising STARS (administered by the PA Key) programs. Although OCDEL expanded funding for T.E.A.C.H. and Rising Stars this fiscal year, the demand for scholarships has steadily increased over the new investments.  PACCA has awarded new T.E.A.C.H. scholarships for Spring 2019 and has filled all of their scholarship slots available for the upcoming semester.  As a result some applicants have been wait listed until additional funding becomes available.

To help students still enroll for the Spring 2019 semester, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) has indicated that any T.E.A.C.H. applicant who is eligible, but waiting for funding can apply for Rising STARS Tuition Assistance (through the PA Key) in the interim.  Applicants can apply for tuition assistance for semester(s) occurring between now and June 30, 2019.

IMPORTANT:  This temporary access to Rising STARS Tuition Assistance will only be made available to individuals who have applied to T.E.A.C.H. and who are eligible, but wait listed for funding.  Any staff interested in applying for T.E.A.C.H. for upcoming semesters, should still submit an application ASAP.  Submitting an application helps PACCA to demonstrate the need for scholarships and make the case for additional funding from new sources.  It also helps students to arrange for their financial assistance needs prior to their desired semester.

For more information, or to apply for Rising STARS, visit the PA Key website.