I've been trying to compile a list of the expenses I'll face to get started in teaching. It isn't going to be cheap, but Teach for America does offer grants and interest free loans to those who need the help. The costs I know about so far are:
Graduate tuition: $900 for the classes at the summer institute, where I'll teach summer school as well as learn about teaching.
Praxis tests: I hope $0. If get these all out of the way this semester, my scholarship will pay.
Travel to and from Houston for the summer institute and to the Delta: ? This pretty much depends on gas prices.
Housing and food while at the summer institute: Well, this should be $0 since a dorm room and a meal plan are provided, but I'd imagine eating out will be an important activity for getting to know everybody.
Apparel: While teaching summer school during the institute, there's a fairly strict dress code. Guys are expected to wear ties every day. I think I have enough clothing that should work, but I'll probably need a new pair of shoes, something dressy enough to wear with skirts, but comfortable enough for a job that involves standing and walking all day. Maybe $50 so I can prioritize quality over price?
Deposit and first month's rent: probably less than $500 total (?) since almost all corps member in the region have roommates, and housing prices are still quite reasonable in the Delta.
Graduate tuition for optional masters in education: possibly covered by an assistantship. I'll learn more about my options this summer.
Classroom materials: ? I have no idea what will be available or what I'll need.
Am I missing anything major?