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Bilingual Pathway & Tuition Assistance

There is an acute need for bilingual teachers in Oregon. If you are a Spanish-speaking student pursuing a degree in education, you may qualify for our bilingual teacher pathway.

Tuition Assistance Available

Chemeketa has designed a special path with up to two years of tuition assistance for Spanish speaking students who pursue a degree in education. Students will –

  • Test on oral and written proficiency
  • Submit an application
  • Participate in community service work
  • Maintain good grades
  • Demonstrate a commitment to becoming a teacher
 Tuition Assistance Available 
Credit HoursAssistance Available
Full-time student (12 or more credits) Up to $550 tuition assistance per term
Part-time student (4-11 credits) Up to $400 tuition assistance per term
Single class student Up to $250 tuition assistance per term

To Qualify


    Please complete the application below for the Bilingual Student Teacher Leader program –


    To be eligible, you must take an oral and written Spanish test to demonstrate your fluency.

    Testing dates are 

    • Summer 2018: Saturday, June 30, 1 pm (complete application due July 6)
    • Fall 2018: Saturday, September 29, 1 pm (complete application due October 5)
    • Winter 2019: Saturday, January 12, 1 pm (complete application due January 18)
    • Spring 2019: Saturday, April 6, 1 pm (complete application due April 12)

    Testing location 
    Advising Center
    Salem Bldg. 2
    Call 503.399.5140 for a test appointment


    You must complete community service hours in an educational setting (or other locations arranged by the Dean), utilizing your Spanish skills. 

    • If you're receiving the $500 tuition assistance, you will need to complete at least ten hours
    • If you're receiving the $350 or $200 will need to complete at least five hours 

    To determine community service schedules and duties, email Sara Csaky, phone 503.365.4675 or email Vania Fenner, phone 503.399.5236.


    To maintain eligibility for assistance, you must submit your final grades and your schedule for the next term. Grades and classes must meet the following criteria 

    • You must have a minimum 3.00 GPA
    • You must complete the COMPASS test placement in
      • WR115 or better
      • RD115 or better
      • MTH095 or better
    • There is no funding for coursework below 100
    • You must demonstrate commitment to pursuing a degree in education and plan to transfer to a four-year university or college
  • Oregon Seal of Biliteracy

    The courses prepare students for the official Oregon Seal of Biliteracy test, which will be give in winter and spring terms. Tuition waivers are available for Education students.

    Apply here: Application