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TEACH Grant

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The TEACH Grant program was created to assist students that are seeking degrees in high-need fields and anticipate teaching in those fields at the secondary or elementary level. Students will be eligible to receive up to $3,724 per year, but must meet the following conditions:

  • Enroll in a qualifying master's degree or post-baccalaureate teacher certificate program
  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Enroll in coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework
  • Score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Complete TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Complete a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Students that choose to participate in this program 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.

If a student fails to meet the requirements of the service obligation, the TEACH Grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The student will then be required to repay the loan to the U.S. Department of Education. The student will also be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.

Students may review more information about the obligations at www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Renewal Eligibility Requirements

If you are interested in continuing your eligibility for the TEACH Grant program, you must meet the below eligibility requirements. Failure to do so will result - according to federal regulations - in your no longer being eligible to receive the TEACH Grant.

Cumulative GPA Completion Rate Max. Years
After Initial Disbursement 3.25 67% of attempted hours 2 years or the equivalent of 4 full-time semesters

Cumulative GPA

Your cumulative GPA for the TEACH Grant is evaluated at the end of each semester (i.e., end of fall, spring, and summer), regardless of whether you received financial aid for that period.

 

Completion Rate

Your completion rate for the TEACH Grant is evaluated at the end of each academic year (i.e., end of spring), regardless of whether you received financial aid for the period.

In order for you to remain eligible for the TEACH Grant program, you must complete 67% of your attempted coursework for your master’s program. Attempted coursework includes transfer hours and courses for which you received no financial aid. To calculate your completion rate, just take the total of your completed program hours and divide that figure by your attempted program hours. Attempted hours include all registered hours whether or not you earned a grade or received credit.

Hours that count as attempted but not completed are:

Hours that count as attempted and completed are:

  • A through C grades for master's students
  • PR (progress) for graduate thesis or dissertation hours
  • CR (credit)
  • Repeats included in the GPA

Examples:

If you complete 18 of 30 attempted hours while working on your master's, your completion rate of 60% (18/30 = .60) would not meet the minimum completion rate requirement. 

Please note that all completion rate calculations are rounded down to the nearest whole number (for example, 66.9 percent is rounded down to 66%).

Maximum Years

The maximum years limit for the TEACH Grant is evaluated at the end of each semester (i.e., end of fall, spring and summer), regardless of whether you received financial aid for that period.

Federal regulations limit the total graduate award for TEACH Grant to 2 years (or the equivalent of 4 full-time semesters). Students who have received a total of $8,000 will be considered as ineligible for future TEACH Grant awards.