Federal Teach Grant Program

**Please note: As a result of the Federal Sequestration, the U.S. Dept. of Education requires that all awards be reduced by 0.89 as of 12/24/2013% (prior reduction was 7.2%).**

Arcadia University participates in the federal TEACH Grant program.  This federal grant program is designed to benefit prospective teachers.   Currently, to receive the maximum $4,000 annual award, students must be currently completing coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching, or plan on completing coursework necessary to begin a career in teaching. Because of the very specific requirements associated with receiving TEACH funds, it is critical that you read an important fact sheet created by the U.S. Department of Education: What You Need to Know before You Get a TEACH Grant.

  • The grant must be repaid as Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan if student does not fulfill ALL of the requirements of the program and the interest will accrue from date(s) of original disbursement.
  • A student can receive up to $4,000 per year for an undergraduate degree ($16,000 aggregate for a 4 year program). A graduate student can receive a maximum of $4,000 per year ($8,000 aggregate total).
  • The annual award amount is pro-rated based on enrollment status (example: full-time undergraduate award=$4,000; three-quarter time (9-11 credits/semester) undergraduate award:  $3,000; half-time (6-8 credits/semester) undergraduate award=$2,000; less than half-time undergraduate award=$1,000.

How To Receive a Teach Grant/Student Eligibility Requirements:

To receive a TEACH Grant a student must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA, although the grant is not based on financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework.
  • Be enrolled in a bachelors or masters degree program (second-bachelor degree candidates and those pursuing a certificate only or doctorate degree are not eligible).
  • Meet the following academic achievement requirements:
    • Score above the 75th percentile on one of the following standardized college admissions test(s) - SAT, ACT, GRE, Or
    • As an undergraduate TEACH recipient, have graduated from high school with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale AND to then maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout his/her academic program, to be checked at the end of each semester for renewed TEACH eligibility
    • As a graduate student TEACH recipient, have graduated from undergraduate college with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale AND to then maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout his/her academic program, to be checked a the end of each semester for renewed TEACH eligibility.
  • Complete an initial online TEACH Grant counseling session
  • Wait for an email response from Financial Aid that you now have a TEACH record on file with the federal COD system. At that point, you should proceed with the next step.*
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay each year with the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Complete subsequent online TEACH Grant counseling sessions annually for every future disbursement of the grant.
  • Complete online exit TEACH Grant counseling session within 30 days of withdrawing or graduating from the TEACH-eligible program.

*Note: We are waiting for our software vendor to program accomodations for the TEACH Grant. We hope to begin making awards and emailing interested students in late September, early October.

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and Promise to Pay

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must complete a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and Promise to Pay (service agreement) online.  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 that 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. Once you complete the ATS, the University will receive notification from the U.S. Department of Education.  Additionally, once you complete the initial online TEACH Grant counseling session referenced above.  At this point, the Financial Aid Office will evaluate your eligibility for TEACH Grant funding (in terms of applicable major and academic eligibility) and award it to you should you qualify.

Teaching Obligation

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant as a loan with interest you must be a highly-qualified , full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years within eight years of finishing the program at a school serving low-income students. Specific information about these requirements is provided below. 

Highly-Qualified Teacher

You must perform the teaching service as a "highly-qualified teacher". The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – online at: http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0414.html.

  • HIGHLY QUALIFIED. The term ‘‘highly qualified”—(A) when used with respect to any public elementary school or secondary school teacher teaching in a State, means that—
    • (i) the teacher has obtained full State certification as a teacher (including certification obtained through alternative routes to certification) or passed the State teacher licensing examination, and holds a license to teach in such State, except that when used with respect to any teacher teaching in a public charter school, the term means that the teacher meets the requirements set forth in the State's public charter school law; and
    • (ii) the teacher has not had certification or licensure requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis;

Full-Time Teacher

You must meet the state's definition of a full-time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching a one of the high-need subject areas. In order for teaching to count towards meeting the service obligation, the recipient must teach in a designated " high need" field AND at a designated school. These designations can change over time. Elementary school teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement. 

High-Need Subject Areas

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Other teacher shortage areas identified at the time you begin teaching. These are subject areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.

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 at www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp .

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