Financial Aid

 

TEACH Grant

 

Undergraduates

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the Teacher Education Assistance for college and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. TEACH provides grants to students who are completing, or plan to complete, coursework needed to begin a career in teaching and agree to teach, for at least four complete academic years, in a high-need field that serves students from low-income families.

Due to the impact of Sequestration, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $240, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,760. Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after October 1, 2012 must be reduced by 7.2 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $288, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,712.

Eligibility Requirements for Undergraduate Students
At Armstrong State University, you must:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted to the College of Education with junior or senior status in a program of study designated as TEACH Grant-eligible. Eligible programs are:
    • Middle Grades Mathematics
    • Middle Grades Science
      *All other programs are not eligible. (Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification seekers are ineligible for this program.)
  • Have at least a 3.25 Cumulative GPA and maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA each semester you receive the TEACH Grant.
  • Have met and will maintain Armstrong State University's College of Education Teacher Education Program requirements with junior or senior status.
  • Sign the TEACH Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay and Complete the TEACH Grant counseling program (http://www.teach-ats.ed.gov).
  • Upon completion of your degree program, complete Exit Counseling at StudentLoans.gov.


Teaching Obligation
In exchange for receiving the TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the TEACH Grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds. You may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.

If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation you will have to repay the grant as a loan with interest.

Application Procedures
Please keep the application and all pages (1-5) together as one document. Send original pages of your application and forms to the College of Education, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419 or deliver the forms to the College of Education on the 2nd Floor of University Hall.

Incomplete applications and forms cannot be processed and will be returned to the address listed on the application.

A student must file the application on or before the last day of the academic term in order to receive funds for that academic term. The last day of the academic term is the last day of exams.

Important Reminder
Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest.

Once a grant is converted to a loan it cannot be converted back to a grant!

Please note: Legislative changes may affect the availability of some grant programs. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
 

Graduates

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the Teacher Education Assistance for college and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program. TEACH provides grants to students who are completing, or plan to complete, coursework needed to begin a career in teaching and agree to teach, for at least four complete academic years, in a high-need field that serves students from low-income families.

Due to the impact of Sequestration, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $240, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,760. Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after October 1, 2012 must be reduced by 7.2 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $288, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,712.

Eligibility Requirements for Graduate Students
At Armstrong State University, you must:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted to the College of Education as Graduate Regular-Admit student in a program of study designated as TEACH Grant-eligible. Eligible programs are:
    • Reading Specialist
    • Special Education
    • Secondary Mathematics
    • Secondary Science
      *All other programs are not eligible. (Post-baccalaureate Teacher Certification seekers are ineligible for this program.)
  • Have at least a 3.25 Cumulative GPA and maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA each semester you receive the TEACH Grant.
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching such as the courses required for the programs listed above.
  • Score above the 75th percentile on one of the following college admissions test(s), GRE, OR Miller Analogies OR have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA (first year grad uses undergraduate GPA) and maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA each semester you receive the TEACH Grant.
  • Sign the TEACH Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay and Complete the TEACH Grant counseling program (http://www.teach-ats.ed.gov).
  • Upon completion of your degree program, complete Exit Counseling at StudentLoans.gov.


Teaching Obligation
In exchange for receiving the TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the TEACH Grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds. You may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.

If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation you will have to repay the grant as a loan with interest.

Application Procedures
Please keep the application and all pages (1-5) together as one document. Send original pages of your application and forms to the College of Education, 11935 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31419 or deliver the forms to the College of Education on the 2nd Floor of University Hall.

Incomplete applications and forms cannot be processed and will be returned to the address listed on the application.

A student must file the application on or before the last day of the academic term in order to receive funds for that academic term. The last day of the academic term is the last day of exams.

Important Reminder
Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest.

Once a grant is converted to a loan it cannot be converted back to a grant!

Please note: Legislative changes may affect the availability of some grant programs. Check with the Office of Financial Aid for more information.
 

SEE ALSO

Undergraduate TEACH Application 2013/2014

Graduate TEACH Application 2013/2014

Undergraduate TEACH Application 2014/2015

Graduate TEACH Application 2014/2015