The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $3,708 per year to students who are completing, or plan to complete, course work needed to begin a career in teaching. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a school that serves students from low-income families, for at least four academic years within eight years after completing your degree. If a student does not complete the service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds are converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid to the Department of Education with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.
Winthrop University students will need to meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the TEACH Grant:
If you meet the requirements for the TEACH Grant, please complete the 2016-2017 Teach Grant Application Form (available on the website in late summer) and ask to be reviewed for the TEACH Grant. The Office of Financial Aid does not automatically award the TEACH Grant without a student request because the TEACH Grant reverts to a loan if the service obligation is not met. Students who received the TEACH Grant in the previous academic year will be reviewed in early summer and offered the TEACH Grant award if they meet the TEACH Grant renewal criteria (e.g. eligible major and GPA).
You must complete the Agreement to Serve and Initial Entrance Counseling before your TEACH Grant can be disbursed. The ATS and Subsequent Entrance Counseling must be completed each year that you receive the TEACH Grant. The amount of your Teach Grant disbursement each semester will depend on the number of credit hours you are enrolled in (75% of award for three-quarter time enrollment; 50% of award for half-time enrollment; 25% of award for less than half-time enrollment). You must maintain eligibility to receive the TEACH Grant (e.g. eligible major and GPA). A student’s eligibility will be reviewed prior to each TEACH Grant disbursement. Undergraduate students can receive up to $16,000 in TEACH Grant funding during their program. Graduate students can receive up to $8,000 in TEACH Grant funding during their program.
You will have 8 years to complete your four year teaching service obligation. It can only be fulfilled at a low income area school. Your teaching service must be in a high-need field. You must provide the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation. If you do not keep them informed, or do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.
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