A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to agree to complete four years of qualifying teaching as a condition for getting the grant; and if you don't complete your teaching service obligation, the grant will turn into a loan that you must repay in full, with interest.
While enrolled at an eligible institution:
- $3,772 per academic year
- $16,000 undergraduate maximum
- $8,000 graduate maximum
- Must complete the FAFSA and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Must sign AGREEMENT TO SERVE for each year the grant is received and will be available electronically on Department of ED website
- Must complete counseling - initial/subsequent (each year)/exit – method to be determined
- Grant is not need based aid
- Available for undergraduate or graduate
- Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA or score above the 75th percentile of national test scores
- Grant funds received cannot exceed cost of attendance
To apply, complete the Agreement To Serve (this process usually takes 24 - 48 hours)
After graduation or no longer enrolled:
- Each agreement signed must be fulfilled by 4 years of service
- Applicant has 8 years to complete service
Current high need fields are as follows:
- Bilingual education and English language acquisition
- Foreign language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- A field documented as high need or ‘shortage subject area’ by the Federal Government, a State government, or an LEA and approved by the Department of Education.
For years of service to qualify:
- Must teach in a high need subject and low income area after graduation.
- Must teach full-time and be certified as a highly qualified teacher
- Must self-report teaching service after each year completed
- Subject to be taught must be high need subject and low income area at the time applicant begins teaching service (if a subject is removed from high need during service or institution is no longer considered to be a low income area, service still counts toward requirements if teacher continues at that institution)
Please note: If you do not complete service requirement, grant funds will revert to an unsubsidized loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant was disbursed.
Eligible Majors at Southern Wesleyan (for undergraduates)
- Special Education (undergraduate)
- Music Education
- Physical Education
You must have scored in the 75th percentile on any given battery of a standardized test. If you did not meet this requirement, you may still be eligible, but you will be required to maintain a 3.25 minimum GPA.
Exit Counseling - Complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling