TEACH "Grant" Program
A new federal “grant” comes with heavy strings attached, but may be useful for certain students in some narrow circumstances.
The TEACH "Grant" program provides up to $3,496 a year in "grant" aid to undergraduate (first bachelor's degree) and graduate students, or current or prospective teachers. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students may not receive more than $13,984 and graduate students may receive no more than $6,992 in total TEACH "Grants." Unfortunately, the law does not currently allow grants for USU students working on post-baccalaureate certificate programs.
Students enrolled less than full-time will have their TEACH "Grant" reduced according to a schedule established by the Department in regulations. The amount of TEACH "Grant" awarded when combined with other student aid may not exceed a student's cost of attendance (COA).
In exchange for TEACH "Grant" aid, students must agree to serve as a full-time teacher at specified schools serving low-income students and teach in a specified field for four academic years within eight years after completing the college course. TEACH “grant” recipients that do not fulfill their teaching obligations must repay the “grant” as if it was an unsubsidized Direct Loan including all accrued interest.
Student Eligibility Requirements:
- Undergraduate students (working towards their first bachelor's degree) must have a 3.25 GPA (high school GPA for first year undergrads) OR score in the 75th percentile on at least one admissions test.
- GPA requirements do not apply graduate students who are currently teachers or who are retiring and have expertise in a subject where there is shortage of teachers (math, science, special ed, English as a second language, or another high-need subject).
- Graduate students completing a high-quality alternative teacher certification program, like Teach for America, are also eligible for the program.
- Students must be completing (or planning to complete) the coursework required to become a teacher.
To receive a TEACH "Grant" students must also agree to:
- Serve as a full-time teacher at a school serving low-income students for at least four years within eight years of completing their course of study
- Comply with the requirements for being a highly qualified teacher (defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act)
- Teach math, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special ed, a reading specialist, or a subject designated as "high need" by the federal or state government, or local education agency and approved by the Department
- Provide certification by the school's chief administrator annually as evidence of required employment
Steps to apply for and receive the TEACH “grant”
- Complete financial aid application on www.fafsa.gov
- Contact the USU Financial Aid Office to award your TEACH “Grant”
- Complete online counseling on www.TEACH-ats.ed.gov
- Accept TEACH “grant” award on USU ACCESS.
- Go back to www.TEACH-ats.ed.gov 3-5 days after accepting award
• Sign a TEACH “grant” Agreement to Serve
TEACH “grant” recipients that do not fulfill their teaching obligations must repay the “grant” as if it was an unsubsidized Direct Loan including all accrued interest.