What is the TEACH Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides up to $3,764 (for Oct 2019 – Oct 2020) a year to students who agree to teach for four years in areas serving low income students. TEACH Grant eligible teachers will fulfill their service requirement at either an elementary school, secondary school or with an educational service agency. TEACH Grant eligible teachers must teach in a high-need field.
What are the high-need fields
According to the Department of Education, there are many high-need fields. Some examples of areas that are TEACH Grant eligible include early childhood education, elementary, middle and secondary education, and subjects such as reading & literacy, foreign languages, math, science, social studies and special education. TEACH Grant recipients must teach for four years, to be completed in an eight-year period.
A special emphasis on reading and literacy in Louisiana
Educators in Louisiana pursuing a master's in reading and literacy may qualify for a TEACH Grant program. The state's reading and literacy rate is among the lowest in the nation. Eighty-five percent of Louisiana fourth-graders in low-income areas are not proficient in reading and literacy. Reading specialists have been recognized as a high-need field nationwide, according to the Department of Education.
Complete the service requirement and pay nothing back
Educators pursuing their masters in reading and literacy or another TEACH Grant eligible program can receive up to $7,528 ($3,764 for each year of their degree program) for grants disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2019 and before Oct. 1, 2020. As long as the teacher meets the service requirement after they have completed their program of study, none of the money has to be paid back. However, if a student participates in a TEACH Grant eligible program and fails to complete the service requirement or other criteria, the grant would be converted to a federal unsubsidized student loan that will accrue interest and has to be paid back.
How to apply for a TEACH Grant
Contact your school's financial aid department to discuss what kind of TEACH Grant eligible programs are available. The programs may vary by school, and not all students will qualify for each program. Students interested in the TEACH Grant also must submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), complete TEACH Grant counseling and sign the TEACH Grant ATS (Agreement to Serve).
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