|ALERT! All TEACH Grants first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by a certain percentage as a result of the federal sequestration. To learn more about the impact of the sequestration on federal student aid, visit the Federal Student Aid's website or view this handout.|
What is a TEACH Grant? top
The U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:
- in a high-need field
- as a highly qualified teacher
- at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
- for at least four (4) complete academic years within eight (8) years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
Consequences of Not Fulfilling the Service Obligation top
If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf). If you receive a TEACH Grant for an undergraduate program and later return to school and receive another TEACH Grant for a graduate program, you will have a separate 4-year service obligation for each program.
Who Can Receive a TEACH Grant? topTo receive a TEACH Grant, students must meet ALL of the following requirements:
- Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year the student plans to use TEACH funds.
Be enrolled as an undergraduate student pursuing their first bachelor's degree or as a graduate student at Buffalo State.
- Students in a second bachelor's degree or in a post-baccalaureate program are not eligible.
- Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Complete TEACH Grant Counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS). You must complete a new Agreement to Serve each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
How Much Can I Receive in TEACH Funds? top
Below illustrates the maximum TEACH awards per year by enrollment status. Be advised that the amounts will be reduced for sequestation:
- For grants first disbursed after March 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2013, the award amount must be reduced by 6 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $240, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,760.
- For grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014, the award amount must be reduced by .89 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $35.60, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,964.40.
|ANNUAL TEACH GRANT LIMITS|
|Enrollment Status||Per Semester||2 Semesters|
|Full-Time (12+ credits)||$2,000||$4,000|
|Three-Quarter Time (9-11 cr)||$1,500||$3,000|
|Half-Time (6-8 cr)||$1,000||$2,000|
|Less than half-time (1-5 cr)||$500||$1,000|
|Lifetime TEACH Limits|
|Undergraduate (1st bachelor's)||$16,000|
Where Can I find more information? top
TEACH Grant Eligible Programs at Buffalo State top
The following degree/major combinations are TEACH-eligible.
|BA||Bachelor of Arts|
|BFA||Bachelor of Fine Arts|
|BS||Bachelor of Science|
|BSED||Bachelor of Science in Education|
|MPS||Master of Professional Studies|
|MSED||Master of Science in Education|
|Major Code||Major Description|
|AED||Art Education K-12|
|BGS||Biology 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|BGX||Biology 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|BIO||Biology (concentration must be in AQB, BIT, or INB)|
|BXE||Teaching Bilingual Exceptional|
|CFR||Childhood Education and French|
|CGS||Chemistry 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|CGX||Chemistry 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|CHE||Chemistry (concentration must be in BIC or CHE)|
|CIT||Childhood Education and Italia|
|CMT||Childhood Education and Mathem|
|CSH||Childhood Education and Spanis|
|CTE||Career & Technical Education|
|EAS||Earth Science (concentration must be in ARS, EAS, EES, or GEO)|
|EGS||Earth Scien 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|EGX||Earth Scien 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|EMA||Elementary Educ PreK-6 & Mathe|
|ERS||Earth Science 7-12|
|ERX||Earth Science 5-12|
|EXA||Elementary Educ PreK-6 & Mathe|
|EXC||Special Education: Early Child|
|EXE||Teachers of Exceptional Educ &|
|EXS||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12|
|LBT||Literacy Specialist, Birth-12|
|LTB||Literacy Specialist, Birth-6|
|LTS||Literacy Specialist, 5-12|
|PGS||Physics 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|PGX||Physics 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12|
|PHA||Physics Education 7-12, Altern|
|PHS||Physics Education 7-12|
|PHY||Physics (BA or BS)|
|XBI||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Biology|
|XCE||Special Education: Childhood E|
|XCH||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Chemistry|
|XEN||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 English Language Arts|
|XES||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Earth Sci|
|XFR||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 French|
|XGE||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 German|
|XGR||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Greek|
|XHE||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Hebrew|
|XIT||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Italian|
|XJA||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Japanese|
|XLA||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Latin|
|XMA||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Mandarin|
|XMT||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Mathematics|
|XPH||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Physics|
|XSO||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Social Studies|
|XSP||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Spanish|
|XUR||Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Urdu|