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The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students. The TEACH grant is for students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.
Students may receive up to $16,000 for undergraduate study and up to $ 8,000 for graduate study. Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be reduced, based upon the number of hours you are scheduled. For example, if you attend half-time you will receive half ($2,000) of the normal grant amount for that period of enrollment.
If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation, you will have to repay the grant with interest. You must be enrolled in one of the following majors at Lourdes University to receive the TEACH grant:
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must:
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay
You must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement) each year before your TEACH Grant will disburse. This is available electronically at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action. The TEACH Grant service agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand if you do not meet the teaching service requirements, you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed. You must also complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling each year you receive the TEACH Grant.
You must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income students for at least four years to avoid repaying the TEACH Grant (with interest). You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. Specific definitions of these terms are included below.
You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law. The definition of a highly-qualified teacher can be found on the Department of Education’s website.
You must meet the state’s definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.
High-Need Subject Areas:
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.
You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school as well as once you are out of school. You will be asked regularly to confirm that you still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.
If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to avoid your grants being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.
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