This is Episode 6, and today were talking about the Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant, Or TEACH Grant.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education, or (TEACH) Grant is a federal grant program established to help attract teachers into high-need teaching areas (such as math, science, and second languages). Specifically, it’s a grant for students who plan to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. The U.S. Department of Education maintains the national list at Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. Also each year, all 50 states set up and publish a list of high-need areas locally.
The TEACH Grant allows for student to receive up to $4,000 per year with a lifetime undergrad limit $16,000 for students in qualifying programs and up to $4,000 per year with a life time limit of $8,000 for students in qualifying graduate programs. Each school determines which programs they offer that qualify.
Most schools limit eligibility to students who have entered into a clear path toward receiving a teaching license in a high-need area.
TO qualify, students first need to complete the FAFSA. Then, they will separately need to complete and application at the school they attend which both screens their program, and binds the student to the program if accepted. And unlike Pell or SEOG, there is a GPA need for this grant. Students must have at least a 3.25 GPA for each payment period; OR have a score above the 75th percentile on one section of an admissions test such as the SAT, ACT or GRE.
Recipients must teach full-time for four years in the high-need subject area they ready for in a low-income school within the first eight years after receiving a teaching license.
Now here’s the catch: If a student fails to do this, all the TEACH Grant money issued reverts to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest added on from the time the money was first received. That can be a lot of cash, so think carefully about participating and if teaching is really for you.
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