Federal TEACH Grant
To receive a TEACH Grant/Loan you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) each year.
- Complete TEACH Grant/Loan counseling each year.
- Be enrolled in a program of study designated as TEACH Grant-eligible. Eligible programs are those that prepare a student to teach in a high-need area. For example, a bachelor’s program with a math major could qualify for a student who intends to be a math teacher.
- UND TEACH Grant/Loan Eligible Programs:
- Graduate (Master's Degree):
- Reading Education
- Special Education
- General Studies - may qualify with documentation from the College of Education
- Educational Leadership - may qualify with documentation from the College of Education
- Undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree):
- Science Education
- Bilingual Education or English as a Second Language Endorsement (in addition to any teacher certification program i.e Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, licensure program listed below)
- Minor in Literacy Education (in addition to any teacher certification program i.e Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, licensure program listed below)
- The following undergraduate programs are available as licensure programs and are TEACH Grant-eligible with documentation of eligibility from the College of Education:
- Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
- Geology/Earth Science
- Other degree programs may also qualify as TEACH Grant-eligible based on a state's teacher shortage areas. Documentation of eligibility from the College of Education is required.
- For undergraduate programs, meet one of the following academic achievement requirements:
- Score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE); or
- Graduate from high school with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to receive a grant as a freshman; or
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) through the most recent payment period on your college coursework to receive a grant for each subsequent term.
- For graduate programs: Meet one of the following academic standards:
- Score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE], or
- Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to receive a grant in the first term, or
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) through the most recent term in the Master’s degree program for subsequent payments; or
- Be a current teacher or be a retiree from another occupation with expertise in a high-need field, enrolled
Awarding and Disbursement of Funds
After the application process has been completed and eligibility determined, the Student Financial Aid Office will send you an award notification email to your U-Mail account. You must accept the award through Student Center on CampusConnection.
Disbursement of TEACH Grants will occur during the regular financial aid disbursement process each semester. However, you must complete all of the application and processing steps listed above and UND must receive approval from the Department of Education before an actual TEACH Grant disbursement can be made.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and Promise to Pay
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.
To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant with interest (having it convert to a Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan) you must be 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 grant.
The high need field that was in place at the time you receive the grant continues to qualify in meeting the subsequent service requirement even though it may be removed from future lists.
You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. Specific definitions of these terms are included below.
Highly-Qualified Teacher: You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law.
Full-Time Teacher: You must meet the state’s definition of a full-time teacher and spend the majority of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects are able to fulfill their service agreement.
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other teacher shortage areas documented as high-need by the federal government, a state government or a local education agency, approved by the U.S. Department of Education and listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at the time you begin your teaching service.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students: Schools serving low-income students include elementary or secondary schools listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
As of July 1, 2010, a recipient of an initial TEACH Grant who has received an academic degree, or expertise, in a field that was, at the time the recipient signed the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve, designated as high-need, but no longer has that designation, can fulfill the service obligation associated with the TEACH Grant by teaching in that high-need field.
You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school as well as once you are out of school.
You will be asked regularly to confirm that you either still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.
If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to avoid your grants being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.
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 can’t be converted back to a grant.
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