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. By signing the Service Agreement, the student must complete their service obligation, or their grant will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
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Eligible Programs at GVSU
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.
- Earth Science
- Computer Science
*All areas must have a secondary education emphasis or a second major of education.
- Psychology-Special Education emphasis
- Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching with second major of Special Education
M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum: Emphasis in Early Childhood Education-ZS
M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum: Advanced Content Specialization, concentration in:
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)
A student can receive up to $4,000 from the TEACH Grant per year. The total lifetime TEACH Grant limits are $16,000 for Undergraduates and $8,000 for Graduates. TEACH will be prorated based on credits enrolled.
- TEACH grant disbursements made after October 1, 2016 and prior to September 30, 2017 are as follows:
- Full-time, $1,862, 3/4-time $1,397, 1/2-time $931, less than half-time $466
- TEACH grant disbursements made after October 1, 2017 and prior to September 30, 2018 are as follows:
- Full-time, $1,868, 3/4-time $1,401, 1/2-time $934, less than half-time $467
*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.
What are the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation?
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to the following:
- You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program(s) for which you received TEACH Grant funds.
- You must perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school or educational service agency.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
- Bilingual education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- You must provide the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.
- If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must repay this loan in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.