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TEACH Grant Program Information

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

Conditions

In exchange for receiving a TEACH grant, you 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. As a recipient of a TEACH grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH grant. IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.

Student Eligibility Requirements

To receive a TEACH grant you must meet the following criteria:

High-Need Field

High-need fields are bilingual education and English language acquisition, foreign languages, mathematics, reading specialist, sciences, special education, and other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you receive the grant or as of the time you begin teaching in that field. Teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) are listed in The Department of Education’s annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s annual directory of designated low-income schools for teacher cancellation benefits.

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Each year you receive a TEACH grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that will be available on a Department of Education website. The Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, and the teaching service requirements. It also includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements, you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:

IMPORTANT REMINDER

If you receive a TEACH grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.

Next Steps

For more infomration about the TEACH grant program or for the application, visit theASU College of Education’s TEACH Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the College of Education’s EPI Center at 325-942-2209.  

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