Q. Where can I find more information about the new Federal Teach Award Program?
As part of the 2007 College Cost and Reduction Access Act (Pub.L.110-84) (CCRAA), Congress created a new award labeled the TEACH Program. Its aim is to provide greater support to those who are willing to commit to teaching at least four years (out of eight) in Title I schools and shortage subject matters where it’s hard to recruit teachers.
Impact of Sequestration on the Federal TEACH Grant Program: Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after October 1, 2013 must be reduced by 0.89 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 $35.60 resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,964.40. This reduction only applies when the first disbursement of a TEACH Grant award is made after October 1, 2013.
1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
3. Be enrolled full-time according to your program level, in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching. Awards will be pro-rated for students enrolled less than full-time.
4. Demonstrate and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
7. Accept your offered TEACH Award via PROWL
In exchange for receiving a TEACH award, students 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 award, you must teach for at least four (4) academic years within eight (8) calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH award.
IMPORTANT: Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to federal requests for information or properly document teaching service will cause the TEACH award to be permanently converted to a loan with interest capitalized from the first date of disbursement. Once an award is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a ‘grant.’ No exceptions, no appeal process.
Interested students must sign a Federal Agreement to Serve (ATS) and complete entrance counseling.
In the event that a student withdraws or drops all coursework, TEACH funds will be returned to the federal government based upon the standard Return of Title IV Funds calculation.
How to Apply
1. Complete the FAFSA, the LMU Application, and meet federal eligibility requirements (see above)
2. Be enrolled full-time (awards will be pro-rated for three-quarter and half-time enrollment) in a program of professional teacher preparation at LMU, including:
i. all education programs in the School of Education
ii. Non-degree credential students in the School of Education
iii. Undergraduate students with a declared minor in Education.
3. Students must meet GPA (at least 3.25) or college admission test requirements and:
i. Meet minimum enrollment requirements (12 units for undergraduates, 3 units for graduates)
ii. And, be current, retired, or prospective teachers seeking a graduate degree to become eligible to teach in Title I schools or in a specified shortage area (see below)
iii. or, be teachers with “high quality” alternative certification, e.g. Teach for America
4. Students must sign an electronic Federal Agreement to Serve (ATS)
5. Complete Entrance Counseling Online
6. Accept the offered TEACH Grant Award via PROWL
All students who answer 'YES' to the TEACH Program question on the FAFSA will receive Federal ATS instructions from LMU via a PROWL message, and a TEACH Grant Award will be offered. Once LMU receives notification of completion of a Federal ATS, Entrance Counseling, and verifies federal and institutional eligibility requirements, and the student accepts their offered TEACH Award via PROWL, the TEACH Grant Award will disburse.
Awards will disburse in two equal payments over the course of the academic year, similar to the Federal Direct Loan program, with 50% disbursing in the fall and the other 50% disbursing in the spring.
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below –
Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. To access the listing, please go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
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 Cancelation Benefits. To access the Directory, please go to https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions you may have about applying for a TEACH award.
Questions about the repayment, loan conversion, or any federal requirements should be directed to the U.S. Department of Education.