The TEACH Grant is available to students who intend to teach in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families for a minimum of four years as a full-time, highly-qualified, high-need field teacher.
If you are awarded the TEACH Grant and do not complete the four years of qualified teaching service within eight years of completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or otherwise fail to meet any other requirement of the TEACH Grant, the grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of original disbursement.
To receive the TEACH Grant, you must:
- meet the general eligibility requirements for the federal student aid programs as described at StudentAid.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria.
- complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
- be enrolled in a TEACH Grant-eligible program of study.
- meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average).
- complete counseling at studentaid.gov that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation.
- sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
Amount of Grant
- Anyone applying for the TEACH Grant Program may be eligible up to $4,000 per year
- The lifetime maximum amount a student may receive is $16,000 total for four-year undergraduate programs and $8,000 total for graduate programs. Note: Acceptance of the TEACH Grant may reduce the Michigan Tuition Grant and Michigan Competitive Scholarship eligibility for undergraduate students.
- The TEACH Grant program funding has been reduced by sequestration.
High-need fields are identified in the specific subject areas below:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition (TSL at SAU – not Language Arts or English)
- World Languages – Spanish, French and TSL
- Science – Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
- Special Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education (Core Subjects)
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- 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.
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.
You will be required to complete Agreement to Serve each year that you accept a TEACH Grant.
SAU Eligible Programs
- Undergrad Teacher Education areas for certification
- Early Childhood Education
- World Languages (At SAU — Spanish and French)
- Science (At SAU — Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
- Special Education
How do I apply?
First time TEACH Grant Applications:
If you are a new student applying for TEACH Grant for the first time at Spring Arbor University, you need to submit TEACH Grant Application. Also you will need to submit a Conviction Disclosure Form.
Returning students with a FAFSA on file and who meet academic requirements will automatically be awarded a Federal TEACH Grant. If a student was not automatically awarded a Federal TEACH Grant, please contact our office to discuss it further.
Student Next Steps:
- Complete TEACH Grant Application:
Complete TEACH Grant Application and the Disclosure Form – Only First time TEACH Grant Applicants.
- Complete Agreement to Serve:
Complete TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve form at studentaid.gov. This step must be completed annually in order to renew the TEACH Grant
- Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling:
Complete the TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling at studentaid.gov. This step must be completed annually in order to renew the TEACH Grant
As with Federal Loans, federal regulations require that students who have received a TEACH Grant complete online exit counseling upon changing majors to something other than an eligible academic program, withdrawing from school or graduating from their program.
Complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session.