Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program

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Program Type
Grant

Description
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, which began in 2008, provides up to $3,760 a year in grant aid to undergraduate and graduate students and students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program, or current or prospective teachers.

Eligibility
Applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although demonstration of financial need is not required.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be completing (or planning to complete) the coursework required to become a teacher.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements:

    • Undergraduate students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 (high school GPA for first-year undergraduate students) or score above the 75th percentile on at least one admissions test.
    • Graduate students completing a high-quality alternative teacher certification program, like Teach for America are also eligible. GPA requirements do not apply to graduate students who are currently teachers or who are retiring and have expertise in a subject where there is a shortage of teachers (math, science, special education, English as a second language, or another high-need subject).

  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay:
  • Serve as a full-time teacher for at least four years within eight years of completing his/her course of study
    • Comply with the requirements for being a highly qualified teacher (defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
    • Teach (in the majority of classes) in a high-need field, which includes subjects on the nationwide shortage area list at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html that is updated each year by the Department
    • Upon completion of each year of service, provide certification of that service from the chief administrative officer of the school or educational service agency


Value
Eligible undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students may not receive more than $16,000 and graduate students may receive no more than $8,000 in total TEACH Grants.

Application Procedure
Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is also used to qualify for Federal Pell Grants (available at www.fafsa.ed.gov). Please contact the financial aid office at your college for information and application details.

Repayment Information
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, a recipient must agree to serve as a
full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. TEACH Grant recipients must teach for at least four (4) academic years within eight (8) calendar years of completing the program of study for which a TEACH Grant was received.

IMPORTANT: If a recipient fails to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. This loan must be repaid to the U.S. Department of Education. Upon entering repayment, interest will be charged from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

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