The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a non-need based grant program that currently provides up to $3,708 (beginning October 1, 2014) per year to students who are enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for at least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded.
If you have been awarded a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, you must complete both TEACH Grant Counseling and an Agreement to Serve.
TEACH Grant Counseling
Students who wish to participate in the TEACH Grant program must complete a counseling session annually. TEACH counseling provides the details needed to make an informed decision regarding acceptance of the grant. Counseling is completed online at TEACH Grant Home. Ohio University will be notified once a student has successfully completed the online counseling session.
Agreement to Serve (ATS)
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve, available online. The TEACH Grant service agreement 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 first disbursed.
By signing the ATS, a grant recipient agrees to all terms of the TEACH Grant program including the requirement to serve for four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need subject area at a school serving low-income families.
- High-need subject areas include: Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, Special Education and other teacher shortage areas listed annually in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
- Schools currently 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.
- You must meet your state’s definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.