Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that 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. 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 Stafford Loan with interest accruing retroactively from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. (For complete details/restrictions, go to: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp)
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 Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.
Based on High-Need Fields Specified in TEACH Grant Regulations, the following have been identified as programs that are eligible for the TEACH grant at SRU:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Master’s Degree
- Special Education (9388)
- Secondary Math/Science (9255)
- Reading (9192)
Note: SRU’s Teacher Certification-only programs are not eligible for TEACH Grant consideration
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.
To receive a TEACH Grant at SRU you must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be enrolled in one of SRU’s TEACH Grant-eligible programs (see list identified earlier)
- If an undergraduate student, you must also be accepted into the College of Education
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling which is required by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay each year with the U.S. Department of Education
- Complete the SRU TEACH Grant Application (only after you have already filed the FAFSA and completed the TEACH Grant Counseling)
Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies 1) the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, 2) the teaching service requirements, and 3) includes an acknowledgment that you understand that you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accruing from the date the grant funds were disbursed if you do not meet the teaching service requirements. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:
- For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
- You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
- If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged retroactively from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
QUESTIONS? … CONTACT:
Patty Hladio, Director of Financial Aid, at 724-738-2044, for questions about the TEACH Grant application or award amounts
Dr. Herbert Hunt, Assistant Dean of the College of Education, at 724-738-2007, for questions about the service obligation
This page provides a summary of the TEACH Grant Program based on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. The information on this page is subject to change and is not binding on the Department of Education or SRU.
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