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TEACH Grant

What is the TEACH Grant?

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides annual grants to students who plan to become teachers. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to teach full-time in a high-need field, for at least four academic years at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves low-income families. The grant recipient must complete the required four years of teaching within eight years of completing (or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in) the course of study for which a TEACH Grant was received. If a grant recipient does not meet that obligation, the TEACH Grant funds received are converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with accrued interest from the date of disbursement.

Visit the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant page

Award Amounts

Type Yearly amount Maximum
Baccalaureate $ 3,764 $ 15,056
Graduate $ 3,764 $ 7,528

Maximum award amounts above are for full time enrollment. (Amounts are for grants awarded October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020) Teach Grant along with other resources may not exceed the cost of attendance.

Teach Grant award amounts are subject to proration for less than full-time enrollment, as follows:

Enrollment Yearly amount
3/4 time $ 2,823
1/2 time $ 1,882
Less-than 1/2 time $ 941

Eligibility Requirements

  • File FAFSA
  • 3.25 GPA on 4.0 scale
  • First year students may use HS GPA
  • Transfer students use GPA for all credits that transfer in for the degree
  • Continuing students use Saint Leo University GPA
  • Graduate student use undergraduate GPA for first year, then Saint Leo University GPA
  • Complete Initial Counseling (MUST BE COMPLETED FIRST)
  • Sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

View Details for Eligibility at studentaid.gov

Eligible Programs

 

Undergraduate Programs

  • Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (grades K-6)

    • College of Education and Social Services
    Campus Education Center Online

Graduate Programs

  • Master's Degree in Exceptional Student Education

    • College of Education and Social Services
    Online

Yearly Application Requirements

  • File FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Complete counseling with Federal Student Aid for the TEACH Grant
  • Complete the agreement to serve
  • Saint Leo University will receive an electronic counseling acknowledgment and agreement to serve. Once these are received the Grant will be awarded

Visit TEACH Grant page at studentaid.gov

Exit Requirement

  • Complete Exit Counseling. Understanding your rights and responsibilities upon leaving school is important.

View TEACH Grant Exit Counseling Guide

Agreement to Serve

You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling (TEACH Grant counseling) each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year. To complete the counseling online login by clicking on "My TEACH Grant" in the left hand navigation bar. You will be taken to the My TEACH Grant Login page. If you have not completed your TEACH Grant counseling, you must complete TEACH Grant counseling before you can complete your ATS. Once you login, click on START NEW COUNSELING to start your counseling session. You may complete both your TEACH Grant counseling and your ATS in the same session. If you have previously completed your TEACH Grant counseling session, you will not be required to do so again. Once you login, click on START NEW ATS. We estimate that it will take 30 minutes to complete your ATS.

You will complete your ATS in the following four steps:

  1. School Info - The following information will be carried forward from the most recent year for which you have completed TEACH counseling: 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. Before you begin the ATS, you will be asked to verify this information.
  2. Student Info - You will provide your contact information and two references with different U.S. addresses who have known you for at least three years.
  3. Review Draft - You will: Confirm that you have read your ATS and that you agree to all of the terms and conditions explained in the ATS. Sign your ATS.
  4. Submit ATS - You will review your signed ATS and correct any incorrect information before submitting your signed ATS.

Additional Resources

What Are the Conditions for Receiving the TEACH Grant?


What Type of Documentation is Required to Prove That I’m Fulfilling My Teaching Service Obligations?


What Happens If I Do Not Fulfill My Teaching Obligation?

Important Links

TEACH Grant FAQ

Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant

Basic Eligibility Criteria

File the FAFSA

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Phone: (800) 240-7658
Fax: (866) 708-7770
E-mail: SFS@saintleo.edu

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