Through the College Cost Reduction and Access of Act of 2007, Congress created the non-need-based Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4000 per year (based on level of enrollment) to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If the recipient does not fulfill specific requirements within a certain amount of time, the grant converts into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
At Tulane University, only post-graduate students meeting certain additional requirements are eligible to be considered to receive a Federal TEACH Grant. A student is considered to be in a Tulane “Teach Grant Eligible Program” and eligible to be considered to receive a Federal TEACH Grant once the student fulfills all the requirements listed below before the deadline for consideration:
*Please visit the Tulane University Teacher Preparation and Certification Program website for more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to directly contact Dr. Claudine Davis, Teacher Certification Program Manager firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Richard Mihan, Professor of Practice email@example.com. Both are Deans in Tulane's School of Professional Advancement.
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve, which may be found on the Federal Student Aid website. 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:
** Highly-qualified teacher
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.
*** Low-Income school
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 Cancellation Benefits. To access the Directory, please see the TEACH Grant section of the Federal Student Aid website.
**** High-need field
Bilingual Education and English Language, Acquisition Foreign Language, Mathematics, Reading Specialist, Science, Special Education
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 see the TEACH Grant section of the Federal Student Aid website.