Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a federally funded grant program which provides up to $4000 a year to students who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. CSUF will only award Teacher Credential students specializing in Special Education for the 2012-2013 academic year. The recipient must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received a TEACH Grant.
If the student fails to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that were received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Interest will be charged from the date the grant(s) were disbursed. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education.
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant the student must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although need does not need to be demonstrated.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution.
- Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses.
- Score above the 75th percentile on any nationally standardized college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
High Need Field
High Need fields are the specific areas identified below:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas that are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits at https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp
Teach Grant Agreement to Serve
Each year the student receives a TEACH Grant, they must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment of understand that if they do not meet the teaching service requirements they must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.