Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education
(TEACH Grant) Program
UPDATE: Due to the federal Sequestration Agreement, the
US Department of Education has ordered a reduction of the TEACH Grant which will be reduced as described below:
- For 13-14 and 14-15 grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2013, and before October 1, 2014, the award amount must be reduced by .89 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. Therefore, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $35.60, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,964.40.
- For 14-15 grants first disbursed on or after October 1, 2014, and before October 1, 2015, the award amount must be reduced by 7.3 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. Therefore, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $292, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,708
The TEACH Grant is a federal aid program for students that pursue
certain high need teaching majors and minors. The US Department of
Education requires each college to determine its eligible
TEACH Grant programs. The award is available for the academic
year as well as the summer at full or part time enrollment.
AWARDING OF THE TEACH GRANT:
The Office of Financial Aid will determine your eligibility
for the TEACH GRANT when we process your aid application if the major
or minor on record qualifies you for TEACH Grant consideration. If you
the grant is included in aid package.
Should you change your major or minor to a qualifying TEACH Grant field after
your aid has been awarded, you may request the Office
of Financial aid to review your eligibility for the TEACH Grant award.
To do so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To apply for TEACH Grant for the
May, June, and/or July terms you must complete a SUMMER
AID REQUEST FORM
available on the Office of Financial Aid website beginning March 1.
AMOUNT OF GRANT:
The TEACH Grant Program allows up to $4,000 per year ($16,000
maximum) to first undergraduate degree students pursuing
a teaching program and who plan to teach full-time
in high need subject
areas at schools that serve students from low-income families. Part
time students may receive prorated awards; three-quarter-time
up to $3,000 per year; half-time up to $2,000 per
and less-than-half-time up to $1,000 per year. Students may receive TEACH
Grant for all terms enrolled, including summer.
Demonstrated need is not required for this program but because
total financial aid must not exceed the cost of attendance, receiving
for other sources of financial aid.
Grant recipients agree to teach in a classroom setting for at
least four years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation
The four years must be teaching high-need
subjects in designated
schools that serve low-income students. Failure
to complete the four-year teaching obligation causes the grant to convert
to an unsubsidized loan which must be repaid with interest
calculated back to the date the grant funds were disbursed.
To receive this grant you must sign a TEACH Grant
Agreement to Serve (service agreement or ATS)
the U.S. Department of Education web site each year you take the grant.
By submitting the ATS, you are agreeing to repay the grant as a Federal
with interest accrued from the date the grants funds
were first disbursed if you do not complete the teaching service
requirement. Once the grant is converted to a loan,
it cannot be converted back to a grant.
ELIGIBILITY requirements for the TEACH Grant:
1. Be a U.S. citizen
or eligible non-citizen
2. Score above
the 75th percentile on at least one battery on a standardized
admissions test such as the ACT or SAT OR have a minimum cumulative
GPA of 3.25.
3. Be accepted to the Hope College
Teacher Education Program for teacher certification
4. Complete a FAFSA (you do not have to demonstrate financial
5. Complete TEACH
Grant counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
Be enrolled in one of the eligible high
need majors or minors offered under Hope's teacher certification
Special Education Majors
Comprehensive Spanish Major
Integrated Science Major
The service requirement stipulates you must teach in a classroom
setting and the majority of teaching time must be spent
in your high need field. Therefore, most elementary teachers will
find it difficult to meet
the full-time teaching requirement as might a special
a second bachelor's teaching degree or certification following receipt
of a first bachelor's
for the TEACH
Grant at Hope according to federal rules.
TEACH GRANT COUNSELING-For more information about this
grant you can complete an entrance counseling
here. Click on My Teach Grant and
log in. You
will need your Federal Student Aid PIN. You are not required
to accept the grant if you do the counseling.
Students that have already received a TEACH Grant must
Counseling for each subsequent year they
wish to receive the grant. You will need your Federal Student
Prior to graduation or upon leaving Hope College, TEACH Grant recipients
must complete Exit Counseling. You will
need your Federal Student Aid PIN.
AGREEMENT TO SERVE- You will receive an email from
the TEACH Grant program when the Agreement to Serve is available to complete
electronically. You must
complete an Agreement to Serve each year that
you want to receive the grant.
AFTER YOU COMPLETE YOUR TEACHING PROGRAM- You are required
on a yearly basis to provide the US Department of Education with certification
of your teaching status required
of maintaining the grant. TEACH
GRANT CERTIFICATION form