Spring Arbor University participates in the TEACH Grant program*, which is a federal program available to students who meet specific eligibility requirements and agree to specific service conditions.
The TEACH Grant Program will provide up to $4,000 per year** ($16,000 total for four-year undergraduate programs; $8,000 total for graduate programs) in grants to students who plan to teach full-time in high-need subject areas at schools designated by and registered with the federal government that serve students from low-income families. Grants will be prorated for part-time enrollment. Note: Acceptance of the TEACH Grant may reduce the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship eligibility
*Be aware that if you receive the TEACH Grant, but do not fulfill the stringent requirements of the program, the amount awarded in grant money becomes a loan with interest (at the same rate as the Federal Direct Loan) accruing from the time of the award.
SAU Process Steps
- Open and print out all forms in the packet of SAU TEACH Grant documents. Learn more about the required documents and how to obtain them by downloading the SAU TEACH Grant Packet.
- Complete the Prescreening Tool. If you can answer “yes” to all questions in the pre-screening tool, print the packet of documents and proceed to step 3. If you answer “no” to any of the questions, you are not eligible for the grant. There is no need to proceed further.
- Complete Federal TEACH Grant Counseling and sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) electronically, using your FAFSA pin.
- Thoroughly read, complete and submit the SAU TEACH Grant documents that you printed from the link above to the School of Education, including:
- TEACH Grant Application
- TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling document
- Conviction Disclosure form
- Memo of Understanding (if applicable)
- Undergraduate Students Only: When you turn in your application packet, you will also need to submit the following:
- A copy of your ACT, SAT, or GRE official score sheet, showing your national rankings. Note that the test results should show your percentile ranking for each portion of the test.
- For incoming freshmen: Official GPA from H.S. ~ This is only needed, if you do not have a qualifying test score (ACT or SAT with national ranking of 76 percentile or better in any area). If you do not have a qualifying test score, you must request that your Admissions Rep. provide a copy of your final high school transcript to the School of Education.
- For incoming transfer students: Official GPA from previous college/university ~ This is only needed, if you do not have a qualifying test score (ACT or SAT with national ranking of 76 percentile or better in any area). If you do not have a qualifying test score, you must request that your Admissions Rep. provide a copy of your final college/university transcript to the School of Education.
- MBST Official Score Sheet or confirmation of registration for upcoming test date.
- The School of Education TEACH Grant Counselors will review and verify all documentation and submit your TEACH Grant materials to the Financial Aid office. Students should plan to allow a minimum of 2 weeks for this review and submission, prior to contacting their Financial Aid Counselor for confirmation.
- Financial Aid will add the estimated award to your financial aid package. A revised financial aid package will be sent to you if you have already received an award letter.
- For each year that you receive the TEACH Grant after the initial year, you must complete Subsequent Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve at teach-ats.ed.gov
TEACH Grant Quick Links
- Agreement To Serve – (must be completed each year you receive the grant)
- Subsequent Year Counseling – (must be completed each subsequent year that you receive the grant)
- Exit Counseling – (complete during your last semester of enrollment or if you withdraw from an eligible program)
- TEACH Grant Forms – (includes the Annual Certification Form)
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) though you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Meet the eligibility requirements for federal student aid.
- Be enrolled in a program of study designated as TEACH Grant-eligible at Spring Arbor University.
- Meet one of the following academic requirements:
- Scored above the 75th percentile on at least one of the batteries from a nationally-normed standardized undergrad, graduate, or post-baccalaureate admissions test (e.g. SAT, ACT, or GRE).
- Graduated from high school (if you are an undergrad student) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale (or from college with a minimum 3.0, if you are a graduate student) Note: SAU requires a copy of your ACT, SAT, etc. even if you are eligible under this option. The section of the score sheet showing national rankings, whether above the 75th percentile or not, is critical to processing the TEACH Grant application.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation. This can be completed at teach-ats.ed.gov
- Complete SAU Process Steps as outlined above.
“High-need fields” are identified in the specific subject areas below:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist (Available only as a graduate program at SAU)
- Special Education
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as identified at the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
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.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve 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 disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will provide that:
- For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. 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.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
- You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
- If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement. If the grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.
SAU Eligible Programs
Below are the academic programs that are eligible for the TEACH Grant:
- Undergrad Teacher Education areas for certification
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition (ESL at SAU. This is not Language Arts or English)
- World Languages (At SAU – Spanish, French and ESL)
- Science (At SAU – Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Special Education
- MAE, MAR and MSE