General Eligibility Requirements
The general eligibility requirements for receiving a TEACH Grant include the following:
TEACH Grant recipients must agree to teach for at least four full years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation programs. They must teach in schools that have been identified by the U.S. Department of Education as serving pupils from low income families. These elementary or secondary schools are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
TEACH Grant recipients must also teach in high need subject areas. These areas include the following:
In addition, there may be other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
How to Apply for a TEACH Grant
Your first step in applying for a TEACH Grant is to review the eligible majors shown above and in the Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing and the eligible schools in the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory . If, after you have reviewed the listing of eligible majors and eligible schools, you feel that you are willing to make the service commitment, you can complete the TEACH Grant Application.
TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling
You will have to complete counseling each year that you accept a TEACH Grant. You will also be required to attend Exit Counseling when you graduate or leave school.
Within 120 days of completing or ceasing enrollment in your teacher preparation program, you must confirm to the U.S. Department of Education that you will fulfill the terms and conditions of your service agreement. When you begin your career as a teacher, you must document your teaching service with certification from the chief administrative officer at the school where you teach.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay
Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement), available electronically on the U.S. Department of Education Web site. When you sign the service agreement, you agree that if you do not complete the teaching obligation, you will repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accruing from the date that the grant funds were disbursed. The interest (the same rate as the Federal Direct Student Loan) will accrue from the date that the grant was disbursed to your university account. Once the grant has been converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.
TEACH Grant Exit Counseling
Federal regulations require that TEACH Grant recipients complete an exit counseling session upon withdrawing or graduating from Towson University. The counseling session provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a loan.