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.”
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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.
Basic eligibility criteria include demonstrating financial need, U.S. citizenship (or eligible non-citizenship) registration with the Selective Service (if you’re a male) and more. You can find all eligibility criteria here.
EVERYONE should fill out a FAFSA, which is available to you on October 1 of each year. The FAFSA is essentially free government money to help you pay for school. Many states offer funding on a first-come, first-served basis too. Be sure you know your state’s priority deadline and file on time.
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It’s important to ensure the degree program you’re seeking is TEACH-Grant eligible. Those that may transfer to another college under the same or similar degree program may find that the newest degree is not approved as a TEACH Grant program.
If you’re specifically seeking a degree that allows you to use the TEACH Grant, it’s best to verify if your degree is covered by the grant with your college’s financial aid office.
Although the college you're looking to attend may be nationally accredited and/or the degree program is highly regarded, it's possible that the university is not eligible for the TEACH Grant. Be sure to double-check with the program chair or the student advising office.
Your college’s financial aid office can offer you their specific TEACH Grant academic program requirements.
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