Teach grants were created to help aspiring teachers afford a college education. These awards are open only to students majoring in an education program in a high need area and who plan to teach in an underserved location. Students must take a certain sequence of coursework as well as agree to serve in specific areas upon graduation in order to be eligible for the grants.
Students who are offered TEACH grants can receive up to $4,000 per year to put towards the cost of their education. At the time that the first TEACH grant is dispersed, the student must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve. This form requires that the student acknowledge that they plan to teach in a high-need field at an elementary or secondary school in an underserved area. The student also agrees to teach for four years upon graduation. Students who fail to meet any of these requirements will be required to repay the grant and the money they were awarded will be changed to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
In order to be eligible for a TEACH grant, a student must meet a number of criteria. First, the student must complete a FAFSA application. The student must also be a current student (or plan to enroll) in a program that is eligible to receive TEACH grants. Students from both undergraduate and graduate programs are eligible. Students must maintain a minimum of a 3.25 grade point average and have scored at or above the 75th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or GRE. Furthermore, students must undergo TEACH Grant counseling, which ensures that the student fully understands the requirements of accepting the grant.
A Teach-Grant-Eligible program is one that prepares teachers for a career in high need fields. The program must also lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Students often wonder what are the high-need fields that they can choose from. According to the federal government, current high-need areas include: foreign languages such as Spanish and French, mathematics, science, special education, reading specialists, and ESL.
Students who are interested in applying for a TEACH should complete a FAFSA application and inquire about the grant at their financial aid office. The grants are provided through the federal government and additional information, including a list of frequently asked questions, can be found at the following website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach#what-is-teach.
Currently, the TEACH grant is available to students in 23 states. The goal of the grant program is to reduce the attrition of teachers in high-need and low-income areas. The financial assistance provided can be used to defray the cost of tuition of assist with other education related expenses, such as textbooks. Under certain circumstances, students can apply for an extension to extend their service repayment time over additional years. In general, students must have had a life event, such as having a baby or getting married in order to qualify for this extension.