A new federal grant program has been created for students who intend to pursue a teaching career in a high-need field.
Interested students should review the information below and submit a Request for Federal TEACH Grant form (available at the bottom).
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH)
To receive the TEACH Grant each academic year, a student must:
Demonstration of financial need is not required.
The TEACH Grant will provide up to $4,000 per year for the first undergraduate program. Students cannot receive more than $16,000 total.
Graduate students can receive up to $4,000 per year with a limit of $8,000.
This award in combination with all other financial aid can not exceed a students cost of attendance.
A student applies for the TEACH grant by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Once awarded, the student will be asked to complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS) and Entrance Counseling.
Due to the impact of Federal Sequestration, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 12.6 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $504, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,496.
If the student does not teach for at least four years within eight years of completing the program under the following conditions:
Then the grant must be repaid as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest added to the loan calculated from the date the TEACH Grant funds were originally disbursed.
You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law. The informational sheet can also be found online at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg107.html.
You must meet the stateâ€™s definition of a full-time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary school teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve. The Agreement is a legally binding document that defines the teaching obligations you must meet and specifies your repayment obligation if a TEACH Grant that you receive is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. When you sign the service agreement, you are agreeing to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date that the grant funds were disbursed, if you do not complete the teaching obligation. Once the grant has been converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.
TEACH Exit Counseling (TEACH grant recipients only )