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TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant is available to SAU students who are completing, or intend to complete coursework to begin a career in teaching and who agree to serve for a minimum of four years as a full-time, highly – qualified, high-need field teacher in a low-income school. 

IMPORTANT: If you do not meet the terms of your TEACH Grant service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds that you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement. Once the TEACH Grant is converted into a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.


 Pre-Screening questions:

 If you can answer “yes” to the questions below, complete and submit the form. If “no”, you are not eligible for the grant. 

  • Undergraduate students – are you planning on teaching with a major or minor in the list of qualified programs below?
  • Graduate students – are you seeking an MAR, MSE, MAEC, TESOL degree and certified in, and planning to teach in the list of qualified programs below?
  • Qualified Programs:
    • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition (TSL at SAU – not Language Arts or English) 
    • World Languages – Spanish, French and TSL 
    • Mathematics 
    • Science – Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 
    • Special Education 
    • Reading Specialist – Available only as a graduate program (MAR) 
    • Early Childhood Education. 

 Qualifications and Restrictions: 

  • Complete a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov 
  • Be enrolled in a qualified TEACH Grant program (undergraduate or graduate as listed above) at SAU that is needed to complete a teacher certification in a high-need field 
  • Have a 3.25 cumulative GPA at a post-secondary institution when initially applying for the grant. (first year students use your high school GPA) or have scored above the 75th percentile on a standardized admissions test (e.g. SAT, ACT, or GRE) 
  • Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling and Agreement to serve (ATS) at studentaid.gov 
  • Students pursuing an additional bachelor’s degree or post baccalaureate are not eligible at SAU 
  • If you have received financial aid equal to your cost of attendance, your Federal Subsidized Loan, Federal Unsubsidized Loan, and/or Parent PLUS Loan will be reduced by the amount of the TEACH Grant.

Terms and Conditions after graduation: 

  • You must serve as a full-time teacher for at least four academic years within the first eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program(s) for which you received TEACH Grant funds. 
  • Write to the Secretary through TEACH Grant servicer, FedLoan Servicing, in writing within 120 days of the date when you ceased to be enrolled (graduated or withdrew) from the school where you received a TEACH Grant confirming that you are:
    1. employed as a full-time teacher in accordance with the terms and conditions described in the Agreement to Server; or 
    2. not yet employed as a full-time teacher but intend to meet the TEACH grant service obligation. 
  • You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary

 Award Amount: 

  • Undergraduate students enrolled in eligible program: You may be eligible for up to $4,000/year to a maximum of $16,000. 
  • Graduate students may be eligible for up to $4,000/year to a maximum of $8,000. 
  • TEACH Grant amounts are subject to sequestration limits 

For more detailed information about TEACH Grant requirements, please visit studentaid.gov website.