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Due to the Sequester, New TEACH Grant awards will be reduced by .89% (of the award amount for which you would have been eligible), resulting in a maximum yearly award of $3,964. (posted 1/13/14)


TEACH Grant Program

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 specific high-need subjects in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

Application

If you meet the qualifying conditions below, you may apply by completing the TEACH Grant application, as well as the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Conditions

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 (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving 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 Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education (ED). You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. TEACH Grant recipients will be given a six-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Eligibility

To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the FAFSA, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student pursuing your first degree.
  • Be fully admitted to an upper division program in the College of Education and Human Service Professions and majoring in one of Minnesota's high-need teaching fields in qualifying undergraduate programs.
  • 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).
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
  • Participate in the required initial, subsequent, and exit counseling sessions.

High-need fields

High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition
  • Foreign language Mathematics
  • Reading specialist
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.

UMD eligible majors

To receive a TEACH Grant while a student at UMD, you must be in the College of Education and Human Service Professions and fully admitted into the upper division of your major in one of Minnesota's high-need teaching fields. UMD's majors which qualify in 2013-2014 are:

  • Teaching Earth and Space Science
  • Teaching Life Science
  • Teaching Mathematics
  • Teaching Physical Science: Chemistry concentration
  • Teaching Physical Science: Physics concentration
  • Teaching French
  • Teaching German
  • Teaching Spanish

Schools serving low-income students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. 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 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 Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: 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 Ford Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

Helpful links

TEACH Grant Frequently Asked Questions

Fact sheet: What you need to know before you get a TEACH Grant

Disclaimer

This page provides a preliminary 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.