Guide to Completing the TEACH Grant Application
STEP 1: Learn About the TEACH Grant Program
The following information has been taken directly from the Department of Education’s website:
For the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet, click here.
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If, after reading all of the information on this fact sheet, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the financial aid office at the college where you will be enrolled.
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 TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford 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. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as a post-baccalaureate or graduate student at Chestnut Hill College.
- Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
- Foreign Language.
- Reading Specialist.
- Special Education.
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field.
NOTE: These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Educations 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 Educations Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. To access the Directory, please go to https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Web site. 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 require the following:
- 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 Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
Disclaimer: This information provides a preliminary summary of the TEACH Grant Program based on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. The information on this page is subject to change and is not binding on the Department of Education or Chestnut Hill College.
STEP 2. Create a Profile at the TEACH Grant Home Page Website
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Web site enables you to complete:
TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling and A TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) so that you may receive one or more TEACH Grants to pay for your education.
You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling before completing your ATS.
To learn more, read What to Expect and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
You will be required to use your Federal Student Aid PIN to complete an ATS. For additional information or to ask general PIN questions, access the Federal Student Aid PIN Web Site .
Pop-up blockers may prevent you from using some of the features of this site. Please check to make sure that you have disabled any pop-up blockers before proceeding.
Click on My TEACH Grant to:
- Complete TEACH Grant counseling.
- View and print previously completed TEACH Grant counseling.
- Complete your ATS.
- View and print a previously completed ATS.
STEP 3. Login to begin the TEACH Grant Application Process
You will need to enter your:
- 1st two letters of your last name
- Your Federal PIN
- Your date of birth
Step 4. Complete TEACH Grant Counseling
TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling
This counseling session will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant.
You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling (TEACH Grant Counseling) each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you can sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year.
Before you begin the counseling session, you will be asked to tell us:
The year for which you are receiving a TEACH Grant, and the name and location of the school where you are receiving a TEACH Grant.
The counseling session consists of a TEACH Grant Overview and three additional sections that cover the following topics in detail:
- Your TEACH Grant ATS
- Your Service Obligation
- Conversion of a TEACH Grant to a Loan
Each section is followed by a section quiz.
It is estimated that it will take 45 minutes to complete TEACH Grant counseling. If you exit this Web site before submitting your TEACH Grant counseling and return later, you'll have to start over beginning with Step 1.
Once you have completed TEACH Grant counseling, Chestnut Hill College will be notified and then will determine your eligibility. Once your eligibility is determined you will receive a financial aid award letter indicating that you have a “TEACH Grant Estimate” awarded to you. Once you receive this award letter, you will need to electronically complete the second step of the TEACH Grant application process, which is the Agreement to Serve (ATS).
Step 5. Complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
You cannot complete the ATS until Chestnut Hill College certifies your eligibility first.
Agreement to Serve
An electronic ATS can be completed in 4 steps. We estimate that it will take 30 minutes to complete the electronic ATS process. Make sure you allow enough time to complete the entire process in a single session. If you exit this Web site before submitting your signed ATS in Step 4 and return later, you'll have to start over beginning with Step 1. If you haven't read the What to Expect section of this site, we recommend that you do so now.
Once you have successfully completed the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve, you will receive a confirmation stating your “Agreement to Serve Submission was Successful.”
Chestnut Hill College will be electronically notified of the completion of your Agreement to Serve and a revised financial aid award letter will be sent to you indicating that you have a “TEACH Grant” awarded to you.
TEACH Grant Award amounts
A TEACH Grant is awarded to an eligible student based on the number of credits the student enrolls in per semester. Please refer to the following information regarding the breakdown of TEACH Grant funding per semester:
9 -12 credits: $2,000
6 - 8.5 credits: $1,500
4.5 - 5.5 credits: $1,000
3 - 4 credits: $500
Please note, TEACH Grant funding cannot exceed $4000 per academic year.
Your TEACH Grant award is allocated to you according to the enrollment information you indicate on your Institutional Application. If the credit information you submitted changes at any point during your enrollment, you must notify the Financial Aid Office immediately via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your credit adjustment, as it may affect the TEACH Grant amount you have been awarded.
teach grant exit counseling
It is a federal requirement to complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling upon withdrawing or graduating from your program of study. The TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You can satisfy your TEACH Grant Exit Counseling online at www.NSDLS.ed.gov.