It takes an extraordinary person to become a teacher. The reward of teaching is often brought to life as a former student excels in his/her career. The U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, says it best, “Our teachers are champions of students' potential and stewards of their success.” Whether you’re considering an undergraduate degree in teaching or looking to enhance your teaching career with a master’s degree, the TEACH Grant offers additional, educational assistance for college. Keeping college more affordable for you, America’s future teacher.Currently this type of financial aid, according to StudentAid.gov, pays “up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.” Unlike other federal grants, you’ll need to take specific classes and you’re expected to commit to a teaching job for at least four academic years within eight calendar years. To find a list of program changes that are in effect now and to get more information of the proposed changes, check out this press release from the U.S. Department of Education .
What’s a TEACH Grant?The U.S. federal government offers a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant to college students that agree to serve students from low-income school districts. The U.S. Department of Education announced in July that the TEACH Grant amount would double and remove the GPA requirements, thanks to the proposed American Families Plan. The press release adds, “The American Families Plan would double the TEACH Grant amount from $4,000 to $8,000 per year for juniors, seniors, and graduate students, in addition to the $4,000 students would receive in their freshman and sophomore year.”
How can I get a TEACH Grant?There are seven steps to receive a TEACH Grant:
- Be eligible for the basic, federal student aid programs.
- Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
- Enroll in a TEACH-Grant-Eligible program.
- Meet the academic achievement requirements required at the college you’re enrolled.
- Complete the U.S. Department of Education’s Initial, Teach Grand Counseling Program.
- Sign an agreement.