"Teach Grant Program Brochure"

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TEACH Grant Program
What is the TEACH Grant Program?
receive counseling (on ED's TEACH Grant
page at
StudentLoans.gov/myDirectLoan
The Teacher Education Assistance for College
/launchTeach.action) that explains the terms
and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
and conditions of the TEACH Grant service
provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to
obligation; and
students who agree to teach for four years at an
elementary school, secondary school, or
sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
educational service agency that serves students
What is a TEACH-Grant-eligible program?
from low-income families. You also will need to
meet other requirements, which are outlined in
A TEACH-Grant-eligible program is a program of
this fact sheet. The terms and conditions of this
study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a
teaching service obligation are explained in the
highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that you must
that leads to a bachelor's or master's degree, or is
sign before you receive a TEACH Grant (see
a postbaccalaureate program. A two-year program
"What is the TEACH Grant Agreement to
that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's
Serve?" on page 2 of this fact sheet).
degree is considered a program that leads to a
IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your
bachelor's degree. A postbaccalaureate program
service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you
is for students who have already earned a
received will be converted to a Direct
bachelor's degree;
Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this
does not lead to a graduate degree;
loan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED),
with interest charged from the date the TEACH
is treated as an undergraduate program; and
Grant was disbursed (paid out).
(in the case of a TEACH-Grant-eligible
postbaccalaureate program)
What are the eligibility requirements?
is made up of courses required by a state in
To receive a TEACH Grant, you must
order for you to receive a certification or
license to teach in an elementary or secondary
meet the general eligibility requirements for
school in that state.
the federal student aid programs as described
at
StudentAid.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria;
complete the Free Application for Federal
A postbaccalaureate program is not TEACH-
®
Student Aid (FAFSA
);
Grant-eligible if it is offered by a school that also
offers a bachelor's degree in education.
be enrolled as an undergraduate,
postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a
Schools that participate in the TEACH Grant
school that participates in the TEACH Grant
Program determine which of the programs they
Program;
offer are TEACH-Grant-eligible. A program that is
TEACH-Grant-eligible at one school might not be
be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible
TEACH-Grant-eligible at another school. Contact
program of study;
the financial aid office at the school you are
meet certain academic achievement
attending (or that you plan to attend) to find out
requirements (generally, scoring above the
which programs at that school are eligible.
75th percentile on one or more portions of a
college admissions test or maintaining at least
a 3.25 cumulative grade point average);
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TEACH Grant Program
What is the TEACH Grant Program?
receive counseling (on ED's TEACH Grant
page at
StudentLoans.gov/myDirectLoan
The Teacher Education Assistance for College
/launchTeach.action) that explains the terms
and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
and conditions of the TEACH Grant service
provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to
obligation; and
students who agree to teach for four years at an
elementary school, secondary school, or
sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
educational service agency that serves students
What is a TEACH-Grant-eligible program?
from low-income families. You also will need to
meet other requirements, which are outlined in
A TEACH-Grant-eligible program is a program of
this fact sheet. The terms and conditions of this
study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a
teaching service obligation are explained in the
highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that you must
that leads to a bachelor's or master's degree, or is
sign before you receive a TEACH Grant (see
a postbaccalaureate program. A two-year program
"What is the TEACH Grant Agreement to
that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor's
Serve?" on page 2 of this fact sheet).
degree is considered a program that leads to a
IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your
bachelor's degree. A postbaccalaureate program
service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you
is for students who have already earned a
received will be converted to a Direct
bachelor's degree;
Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this
does not lead to a graduate degree;
loan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED),
with interest charged from the date the TEACH
is treated as an undergraduate program; and
Grant was disbursed (paid out).
(in the case of a TEACH-Grant-eligible
postbaccalaureate program)
What are the eligibility requirements?
is made up of courses required by a state in
To receive a TEACH Grant, you must
order for you to receive a certification or
license to teach in an elementary or secondary
meet the general eligibility requirements for
school in that state.
the federal student aid programs as described
at
StudentAid.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria;
complete the Free Application for Federal
A postbaccalaureate program is not TEACH-
®
Student Aid (FAFSA
);
Grant-eligible if it is offered by a school that also
offers a bachelor's degree in education.
be enrolled as an undergraduate,
postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a
Schools that participate in the TEACH Grant
school that participates in the TEACH Grant
Program determine which of the programs they
Program;
offer are TEACH-Grant-eligible. A program that is
TEACH-Grant-eligible at one school might not be
be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible
TEACH-Grant-eligible at another school. Contact
program of study;
the financial aid office at the school you are
meet certain academic achievement
attending (or that you plan to attend) to find out
requirements (generally, scoring above the
which programs at that school are eligible.
75th percentile on one or more portions of a
college admissions test or maintaining at least
a 3.25 cumulative grade point average);
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You must provide ED with documentation of
What is the TEACH Grant Agreement to
your progress toward completing your service
Serve?
obligation.
Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you
If you do not meet the requirements of your
must sign an Agreement to Serve on ED's TEACH
service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you
Grant page at
StudentLoans.gov/myDirectLoan
received will be converted to a Direct
/launchTeach.action. The TEACH Grant
Unsubsidized Loan. You must repay this loan
Agreement to Serve explains the terms and
in full, with interest charged from the date of
conditions of the service obligation you must agree
each TEACH Grant disbursement.
to fulfill as a condition for receiving a TEACH
Grant. By signing the Agreement to Serve, you
What are high-need fields?
agree to these terms and conditions and
High-need fields are bilingual education and
acknowledge your understanding that if you do not
English language acquisition, foreign language,
fulfill the service obligation, the TEACH Grant
mathematics, reading specialist, science, and
funds you received will be converted to a loan that
special education, as well as any other field that
you must repay.
has been identified as high-need by the federal
government, a state government, or a local
What are the terms and conditions of the
education agency, and that is included in ED's
TEACH Grant service obligation?
annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you
Listing (Nationwide List). If you are planning to
must agree to these terms:
teach in a high-need field that is included in the
Nationwide List, that field must be listed for the
For each TEACH-Grant-eligible program for
state where you teach at the time you begin your
which you receive TEACH Grant funds, you
qualifying teaching service or at the time you
must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of
sign the Agreement to Serve. To access the
at least four academic years within eight years
Nationwide List,
visit
after you complete or otherwise cease to be
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
enrolled in the program for which you received
the TEACH Grant.
How can I identify schools or educational
You must perform the teaching service as a
service agencies that serve low-income
highly qualified teacher at a school or
students?
educational service agency serving low-
Elementary and secondary schools (public and
income students. The term "highly qualified
private) and educational service agencies serving
teacher" is defined in Section 9101(23) of the
low-income students are listed in ED’s annual
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of
Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory. To
1965 and in Section 602(10) of the Individuals
access the
directory, visit
with Disabilities Education Act.
StudentLoans.gov/myDirectLoan/tcli.action
.
Your teaching service must be in a high-need
In addition, elementary or secondary schools
field.
operated by the U.S. Department of the Interior's
Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) or operated on
Indian reservations by Indian tribal groups under
contract or grant with the BIE qualify as low-
income schools.
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Can a TEACH Grant service obligation
Your TEACH Grant service obligation will be
canceled (discharged) if you die or if you become
ever be suspended or canceled?
totally and permanently disabled. You may also
You may request a temporary suspension of the
receive a discharge of some or all of your four-
eight-year period for completing your TEACH
year teaching requirement if you are called or
Grant service obligation if
ordered to qualifying military active duty for a
period that exceeds three years.
you enroll in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program
or in a program that a state requires you to
If I’m interested in receiving a TEACH
complete in order to receive a certification or
Grant, where can I get more information?
license to teach in that state's elementary or
secondary schools (for example, if you
Contact the financial aid office at the school
received a TEACH Grant for an undergraduate
where you will be enrolled to find out whether the
program and you later enroll in a graduate
school participates in the TEACH Grant Program
program for which you would be eligible to
and to learn about the programs of study at the
receive a TEACH Grant, you could receive a
school that are
TEACH-Grant-eligible.
suspension of the eight-year period for
completing your service obligation for the
undergraduate program while you are enrolled
in the graduate program);
you experience a situation that is a qualifying
reason for leave under the Family and Medical
Leave Act; or
in connection with a war, military operation, or
national emergency, you are called or ordered
to active duty status for more than
o
30 days as a member of the
armed forces reserves or
to service as a member of the
o
National Guard on full-time
National Guard duty.
Suspensions are granted in one-year increments,
not to exceed a combined total of three years for
the first two conditions listed above, or a total of
three years for the third condition. If you receive a
suspension, the eight-year period for completing
your service obligation is put "on hold" during the
suspension period. For example, if you receive a
one-year suspension after two years of the eight-
year period for completing your service obligation
have elapsed, you would have six years left to
complete your service obligation when the one-
year suspension period ends.
March 2018
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