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Counseling Requirements

*Please read the following information about what you need to know before receiving TEACH Grant funds:

Signing the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (Agreement)

You must sign an Agreement each year before receiving a TEACH Grant. The Agreement is a legally binding document that defines the teaching service obligations you must meet and specifies your repayment obligation if a TEACH Grant that you receive is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

By signing the Agreement you promise to meet the teaching service requirements of the TEACH Grant Program and to repay with interest the full amount of any TEACH Grant that is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan if you do not meet those requirements.

By signing the Agreement, you agree:

  • to serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher for at least four elementary or secondary school years within 8 years of completing, or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in, the program for which you received a TEACH Grant,
  • to teach in a low-income school, and to teach in a high-need field, in the majority of classes that you teach during each school year.

Highly Qualified Teacher Status

As stated above, one of the conditions for fulfilling your TEACH Grant service obligation is that you must meet the requirements for a highly qualified teacher as defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, or if you are a special education teacher, as defined in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. You can find out more about the highly qualified teacher requirements online (see sidebar note for the Web address).

Requirements for highly qualified teacher status

Schools Serving Low-income Students

For purposes of the TEACH Grant Program, a low-income school is a public or private elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits (see sidebar note for the Web address and additional information about low-income schools).

The Department’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits online:

TEACH Grant High-need Fields

In order to satisfy your service obligation by teaching in another high-need field listed in the nationwide list, that field must be listed in the Nationwide List for the state in which you begin teaching at the time you begin teaching in that field. If you begin qualifying teaching service in a high-need field that is listed in the Nationwide List, but in subsequent school years of teaching that high-need field is no longer included in the Nationwide List, your subsequent years of teaching will continue to qualify for purposes of satisfying your TEACH Grant service obligation.

Schools designated as low-income for part of a school year

If the school where you teach meets the requirements of a low-income school during all or a part of a school year of your required four school years of teaching, but does not meet those requirements in subsequent school years, those subsequent years of teaching at that school will still qualify for purposes of satisfying your TEACH Grant service obligation.

Schools operated by Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)

All elementary and secondary schools operated by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) or operated on Indian reservations by Indian tribal groups under contract or grant with the BIE qualify as low-income schools.

Teacher shortage area Nationwide List online:

*If you have read and understand these requirements please contact the Office of Financial Aid at: financial aid.

*If you have additional questions or need further clarifications, please contact the Office of Advising in the Seidel School of Education & Professional Studies at:

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