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TEACH Grants

The 2017-2018 TEACH Grant application is now available.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program became effective beginning July 1, 2008.  The TEACH Grant is awarded by UA to students who are completing, or intend to complete, coursework to begin a career in teaching and who agree to serve for a minimum of four years as a full-time, highly-qualified, high-need field teacher in a low-income school. If you are awarded the TEACH Grant and do not complete the four years of qualified teaching service within eight years of completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or otherwise fail to meet any other requirement of the TEACH Grant, the Grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of original disbursement.

Eligible students must be degree seeking, as post-baccalaureate certification does not qualify UA students for this grant. This grant provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to students, with an aggregate limit for undergraduates that cannot exceed $16,000. The total amount that a graduate student may receive cannot exceed $8,000. If a student is eligible to receive the TEACH Grant, the student will be awarded an estimated amount assuming full-time enrollment and the current year sequester. If the student is enrolled less than full-time, the amount of the annual TEACH Grant must be reduced according to the student’s enrollment status.
This grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of original disbursement if:
  • A student receives TEACH Grant and does not complete the four years of qualified teaching service within eight years of completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or
  • Otherwise fails to meet any other requirements of the TEACH Grant

In order to qualify, you must:

  • Have a 3.25 cumulative GPA at a post-secondary institution when applying for the grant (first year students:  use your high school GPA) OR have scored above the 75th percentile on a standardized admissions test (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE) once. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a 3.25 cumulative GPA in your chosen program.
  • Take coursework necessary to complete teacher certification in a high-need field
  • Each academic year, complete the TEACH Grant Application, TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling
  • Be a Bachelor's or Master's degree-seeking student.
  • The TEACH Grant is only available during the fall and spring semesters. It is not offered during the summer sessions. 

Updates to TEACH Grant Funding

Beginning on October 1, 2013, the sequester changes the percentage by which TEACH Grant awards must be reduced as compared to the sequester percentage reduction that became effective Spring 2013. Specifically, TEACH Grant awards where the first disbursement is made on or after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017 must be reduced by 6.90 percent from the original statutory amounts ($4,000 annually). These TEACH Grant awards are covered under the FY 2017 Sequester (see table below).

During college, you must:

  • Be a degree-seeking student
  • Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA at UA
  • Take coursework necessary to complete teacher certification in a high-need field
  • Each academic year, complete the required application materials (see below)
  • Complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling right before graduation

In order to maintain grant status after graduation, you must:

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant after graduation, you must:

  • Serve as a full-time teacher in a low-income school, as a highly-qualified teacher, and in a high-need field for at least four years within eight calendar years of leaving the program for which you received the TEACH Grant.  For a listing of schools and teaching fields that qualify, visit the Nationwide List for the state in which you intend to teach
  • Write to the Secretary of Education (within 120 days of completing or otherwise leaving the program of study for which the TEACH Grant was received) confirming that you are employed as a full-time teacher in accordance with the terms of the TEACH Grant, or you are not yet employed as a full-time teacher but intend to meet the terms of the TEACH Grant service agreement
  • Upon completion of each year of teaching service, submit documentation of that service in the form of a certification by a chief administrative officer of the school
  • Comply with all other terms, conditions, and requirements that the Secretary of Education deems necessary

Teaching Obligation

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant with interest, you must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds; however, you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.

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 athttps://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.

Highly-Qualified, Full-Time Teacher

You must perform your teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, or, for special education teachers, in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. To find out if you meet the requirements to be considered "highly qualified," check with the Chief Administrative Officer at the school or educational service agency where you are teaching. You must meet the state’s definition of a full-time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.

High-Need Subject Areas

The following are considered high-need fields:

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Any other field listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.

A field listed in the Nationwide List will satisfy a recipient's service obligation if:

  • The field is designated by a state as high-need at the time the recipient begins qualifying teaching in that field in that state (even if that field subsequently loses its high-need designation for that state); or
  • The recipient is teaching in the field during or after the 2010-2011 school year and the field was considered high-need by the state in which the grant recipient is teaching during any award year the student received a TEACH Grant (even if the high-need field is no longer designated as high-need for that state when the grant recipient begins qualifying teaching service).

To apply or renew your TEACH Grant submit the following:

 

Three Steps to Success

Complete the TEACH Grant Application.You must complete each required section. This step must be completed annually in order to renew the TEACH Grant.

Complete TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve from the Department of Education. This step must be completed annually in order to renew the TEACH Grant

Complete the TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling from the Department of Education . This step must be completed annually in order to renew the TEACH Grant.

Note: If you have not yet completed at least one semester at a post-secondary institution. You will be required to submit an official, final high school transcript that shows a 3.25 unweighted cumulative GPA or documentation confirming that you scored above the 75th percentile on a standardized admissions test (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE) once.

Updates to TEACH Grant Funding:

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On August 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which put into place automatic federal budget cuts, known as a “sequester.” Below is a summary of the impact of these budget cuts on TEACH Grants. 
 
  • TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017 requires a reduction of 6.90 percent from the award amount, for which the student would otherwise have been eligible.
  • TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018 requires a reduction of 6.60 percent from the award amount, for which the student would otherwise have been eligible.
The following chart shows the FY 17 and FY 18 sequester-required TEACH Grant Program reductions as they apply to the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 award years.

TEACH Grant Awards

Award Year

Impacted Awards

Statutory Maximum Scheduled Award Amount

Percentage Reduction from Statutory Award Amount

Dollar Reduction Amount from Maximum Award Amount

Adjusted Maximum Award Amount

2017-2018 First disbursed on or after October 1, 2016 and  before October 1, 2017 (FY 17 Sequester) $4000 6.90% $276 $3,724
First disbursed on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018 (FY 18 Sequester)
6.60% $264 $3,736

2016-2017

First disbursed prior to October 1, 2016 (FY 16 Sequester)

$4,000

6.80%

$272

$3,728

First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017 (FY 2017 Sequester) $4000 6.90% $276 $3,724

TEACH Grant Undergraduate Awards

Enrollment Status

Annual Award Amounts First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017 (FY 2017 Sequester)

Annual Award Amounts First Disbursed on or after October 1, 2017 and before October 1, 2018 (FY 2018 Sequester) data not available at this time

Full Time Enrollment (12+ units)

$3,724

$3,736

Part Time Enrollment (9-11 units)

$2,793

$2802

Half Time Enrollment (6-8 units)

$1,862

$1,868

Less than Half Time Enrollment (5 or less units)

$931

$934

   TEACH Grant Graduate Awards

Full Time Enrollment (9+ units)

$3,724

$3,736

Half Time Enrollment (5-8 units)

$1,862

$1,868

Less than Half Time Enrollment (4 or less units)

$931

$93

 For more information and additional updates, please see: http://studentaid.ed.gov/about/announcements/sequestration.

TEACH Grants FAQ

Click on any question below to view the answer.

What happens if I change majors?

If you change majors to a TEACH Grant-ineligible program, such as a post-baccalaureate certification program, then you will not be able to receive the grant. If you graduate and do not fulfill the TEACH Grant requirements, then the grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

What happens if my GPA drops below a 3.25?

If your cumulative UA GPA drops below 3.25, then you are ineligible for the grant until your cumulative UA GPA returns to a 3.25.

Can I change my mind?

Funding may be returned for up to 14 days after it disburses. After that, you are responsible for communicating with the Department of Education your wish to convert the TEACH Grant into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The Department of Education will help you establish a repayment plan for these funds.

What happens if my major is taken off the “high-need field list”?

As long as your major was listed as a “high-need field” in the state in which you plan to teach at the time you received the TEACH Grant, you will still be eligible to fulfill your teaching obligation in that state and field.

What happens if my school loses its “low-income school” status?

If this happens, you are still eligible to teach at that school, and your service will count toward your TEACH service obligations.

When would I have to start making payments if my TEACH Grant becomes a loan?

Like all Federal Direct Loans, repayment would start 6 months after you graduate or fall below half-time status. At any time, you may request that the Department of Education convert your TEACH Grant into a Direct Unsubsidized loan. Once a TEACH Grant has been converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, it cannot be reconverted into a grant.

Can the grant be denied if my EFC is too high or I am close to my lifetime loan maximum?

No, this grant is not based on financial need and does not factor into your Federal Direct Loan lifetime limit.

How often do I have to apply/reapply?

Each year you will need to complete each of the TEACH Grant application steps in order to be reviewed for the TEACH Grant for the upcoming academic year

Can I receive the grant for just one year? How about one semester?

Yes, this grant may be prorated for one semester.

Can I receive the grant if I am not enrolled full-time?

Yes, this grant may be prorated for less than full-time enrollment.

What happens if I receive the grant and then go to graduate school?

This grant will stay a grant, and you will be expected to begin fulfilling your teaching obligation after completing graduate school.

I received the TEACH Grant as an undergraduate student and have already started to fulfill my service requirement. Now I want to pursue my Master’s degree. Can I receive the TEACH Grant as a graduate student? What happens to the grant funds I received as an undergraduate student?

The TEACH Grant would be the only federal grant you would be eligible for as a graduate student. While you are a graduate student, your service obligation for the TEACH Grant funds you received as an undergraduate will be suspended. However, once you earn your Master’s degree, you will have to teach for another four years regardless of how many years you taught before earning your Master’s degree. These four years of teaching will count toward your service obligation for the grants you received both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student (provided that you teach full-time in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families). Your TEACH Grant service requirement must be completed within eight years of earning your Master’s degree.

I am currently student teaching in a low-income school in a high-need field. Does that count towards my time in my agreement to serve?

No, student teaching does not count toward the four years you are required to teach in order to fulfill your TEACH Agreement to Serve.

If I complete a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree, do I have to do 8 years of service?

It is possible to complete your teaching service agreements concurrently, meaning you could potentially fulfill both your undergraduate and graduate TEACH Grant service obligations in 4 years.

How often do I need to complete the TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling and TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve?

You need to complete both the Entrance Counseling and Agreement to Serve each year that you apply for the grant.

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