Financial Aid

TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $2,000 per semester to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Student eligibility for the TEACH Grant will be based on academic standing, major, and course requirements.

Other TEACH Grant requirements include: Counseling & Service Agreement and TEACH Grant Certification.

For additional information visit Student Aid on the Web.


Award Amount

The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $2,000 per semester  (aggregate limits: undergraduate total of $16,000 and graduate total of $8,000).  TEACH will be prorated based on credits enrolled.

  • Full-time, $2000, 3/4-time $1500, 1/2-time $1000, less than half-time $500

Please note: Due to the current federal government sequester TEACH grant disbursements made after March 1, 2013 and prior to October 1, 2013 will be reduced by 6.0%. The prorated amounts are listed below.

  • Full-time, $1880, 3/4-time $1410, 1/2-time $940, less than half-time $470

TEACH grant disbursements made after October 1, 2013 and prior to September 30, 2014 will be reduced by .89%. The prorated amounts are listed below.

  • Full-time, $1982, 3/4-time $1486, 1/2-time $991, less than half-time $495

*Note that financial aid resources must not exceed the cost of attendance, so receiving a TEACH Grant may reduce the recipient’s eligibility for other sources of financial aid.


Eligibility

You must be enrolled in an eligible major/program at Grand Valley. Students who are declared as such are sent application information prior to each semester.

 Undergraduate Students:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Meet all eligibility requirements for federal aid
  • Be working on their first bachelor's degree
  • Have earned credit for ED200 prior to January 2010 or
  • Have completed ED315 or EDF315 (ED315/EDF315 is an upper level course. Students must have 24 credits earned before it may be taken.)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or have scored above the 75th percentile on a college entrance exam*
  • Be pursuing a TEACH Grant eligible major

Graduate Students:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Meet all eligibility requirements for federal aid
  • Be pursuing an eligible master's degree in education
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (or cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 if you do not have a graduate GPA) OR
  • Have scored above the 75th percentile on a college entrance exam OR
  • Have previously worked in a high need field and be pursuing a master's degree that would enable them to teach OR
  • Be currently or previously employed as an elementary or secondary school teacher

*If you do not have a 3.25 cumulative GPA or higher you can provide proof of a score higher than the 75th percentile on a subscore of a college entrance exam to the Financial Aid Office.


GVSU Eligible Programs

Elementary Teaching Majors:

  • Mathematics (elementary concentration)
  • Integrated Science

Elementary certified teachers can teach all subjects, grades K-5 or Major subject areas, grades 6-8.  In order to fulfill the TEACH Grant service agreement, teachers would need to teach in the major subject at least 51% of the time.

Secondary Teaching Majors:

Secondary certification allows the candidate to teach in these major subject areas, grades 6-12.

  • Classics
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science 

*All areas must have a secondary education emphasis or a second major of education.

Special Education

  • Psychology-Special Education emphasis
  • Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching with second major of Special Education

Master's Degrees:

M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum:  Emphasis in Early Childhood Education-ZS

M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum:  Advanced Content Specialization, concentration in:

  •  Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

M.Ed. in Special Education, concentration in:

  • Emotional Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Early Childhood Developmental Delay Program
  • Cognitive Impairment

M.Ed in Literacy Studies, concentration in:

  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 

Page last modified March 17, 2014