California Educational MFT Stipend Program Application Materials For 2017-18

The California Educational MFT Stipend Program will be awarding up to 110 stipends of $18,500 each for use by selected students to defray the cost of their graduate education. Selected stipend recipients are required to complete one year of paid or unpaid employment at a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county’s mental health or behavioral health department in California.

The 2017-18 California Educational MFT Stipend Program provides information on eligibility, application requirements, qualifying criteria, selection process, and employment/placement payback obligations.

Students should direct any questions about the MFT Stipend Program Application to their school representative. The list of school representatives are located on the website under Qualifying MFT Schools. Additional questions may be emailed to

Phillips Graduate University and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development are the administrators of the California MFT Stipend Program in partnership with the eight regional Consortia of MFT schools.  The eight regional MFT Consortia include the following: Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego/Imperial Counties.

Students awarded a stipend must fulfill the employment obligation by serving the workforce needs of the county or counties represented by that regional consortium. Each educational stipend of $18,500 is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). Educational stipends are not taxable income if used to cover the cost of graduate education, refer to IRS Publication 970.

2017-18 California MFT Stipend Program Application
2017-18 California MFT Stipend Program Application will be available on August 16, 2017 with an application deadline of October 4, 2017.
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Students may apply for a stipend for one of the eight regional MFT consortia. Students must indicate on the application form the county or counties represented by the regional consortium they intend to fulfill their post-degree employment or volunteer placement obligation. Student may not apply to more than one region.

The student’s school and campus must be a member of a regional consortium. Students should refer to the list of qualifying schools on this website to verify that their school is a member. Schools and school contacts are listed by region under “Qualifying MFT Schools” on the website.

Stipend applicants must be eligible to work in California post degree and will need to register with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a MFT Intern after graduation. A completed and signed IRS W-9 federal tax form must be submitted with the application.

IRS W-9 Form

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