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Securing Your Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides grants of up to $4,000 annually to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low income areas. Graduate students may receive up to $8,000 in TEACH grant funds during their graduate career.

Interested MAT students must contact their MAT program advisor to begin the application process.

Step 1: SFS Confirms Student Eligibility 

SFS will review student eligibility for the federal TEACH grant after our office has been notified by the MAT program advisor of an interested student. Students must meet the following eligibility requirements for the federal TEACH grant:

SFS will notify students who do not meet the above eligibility requirements within 14 business days of completing the eligibility review.

Step 2: SFS Awards TEACH Grant Funds

SFS will award TEACH grant funds to students who meet the above eligibility criteria. Students will be notified of their award eligibility via a revised award notice as well as an email sent to their LOOP email. Students must also complete all other financial aid processes to receive federal TEACH grant awards, including verification (if selected) or submitting C-flag documentation. Students can view outstanding documents via their OASIS portal.

Award Distribution

All MAT students are awarded based on a 12-month program enrollment, meaning all awards are split equally between three semesters (fall, spring and summer). For example, a maximum TEACH award of $4,000 for the year would be split evenly between three semesters:

Semester  Amount
Fall $1,334
Spring $1,333
Summer $1,333

Effective October 1, 2014 all new TEACH awards will be subject to a federal sequestration reduction of 7.3% therefore a semester award amount maximum would be approximately $1,237 (1,334 * 7.3%).

Effective October 1, 2013 all new TEACH awards are subject to a federal sequestration reduction of 0.89% therefore a semester award amount maximum would be approximately $1,322 (1,334 * 0.89%).

TEACH grant awards also prorated based on enrollment status. If a student is enrolled less-than full-time, his/her award amount will be prorated accordingly:

Enrollment Status Eligibility
Full-time (9+credits) 100% eligiblity
Three-quarter time (8 credits) 75% eligibility
Half-time (6-7 credits) 50% eligibility
Less-than half-time (5 or below) 25% eligibility

Students enrolled in an eligible THESIS course only are considered less-than half-time for TEACH grant purposes.

Step 3: Student Completes TEACH Initial Counseling and Agreement to Serve (ATS)

Once awarded, students must complete Teach Grant Initial Counseling and their Agreement to Serve (ATS) at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action. Students are only required to complete initial counseling once during their graduate studies; however, an Agreement to Serve must be completed each award year in which funds are awarded.

Step 4: SFS Disburses TEACH Grant Funds

SFS will be notified electronically when students complete their TEACH Grant initial counseling and/or ATS. Once these requirements are complete, SFS will set TEACH grant funds to disburse to the student account. Funds should disburse 7-10 business days after all requirements are met.

Student Timeframe for Cancelation

Once TEACH grant funds have disbursed to the student account, students have 30 days to cancel all or part of the TEACH rant disbursement by contacting SFS.

After 30 days, TEACH grants can no longer be canceled. Students must contact the Department of Education to have their TEACH grant converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan once 30 days from disbursement has passed.

Maintaining Eligibility

Prior to disbursing TEACH funds for subsequent semesters, SFS is required to ensure students continue to meet all eligibility requirements, including maintenance of a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher. SFS will begin making determinations on the first day of scheduled classes. Determination may take up to 10 business days.

Students who have maintained eligibility will have TEACH funds disbursed to their account within 10 business days of determination.

Students who have not maintained eligibility will have their award terminated, a revised award notice will be generated, and a notification of ineligibility will be sent to the student’s LOOP email.

TEACH Exit Counseling

Once a student who received a TEACH Grant drops below half-time enrollment or withdraws from his/her program, SFS will send the student notification to complete TEACH Exit Counseling.