Teacher Education Assistance
for College and Higher Education Grant
This federal student financial assistance program may provide up to $4000 a year in federal grant (gift) aid to students who meet specific eligibility criteria while attending K-State and who agree to successfully complete the requirements of a Teaching Service Agreement after completing their K-State program of study.
Due to Sequestration, any TEACH Grants first disbursed after October 1, 2013 are subject to a .89% reduction. This means that the maximum TEACH Grant is $3,964 or $1,982 per term.
Important - Students who receive a TEACH Grant while attending K-State, but fail to complete the requirements of their individual Teaching Service Agreement, will be required to repay the TEACH Grant(s) in the form of a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
To qualify for a TEACH Grant while attending K-State, a student must:
- complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- be enrolled in an eligible program of study.
- meet certain academic requirements (generally, scoring above 75% on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.25).
- complete TEACH Grant counseling for each year before the grant is disbursed.
- sign a "TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve" and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming a continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation.
The K-State Office of Student Financial Assistance has identified the following K-State programs of study (academic plans) as meeting the objectives of the TEACH Grant:
- Education - Biological Sciences (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Chemistry (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Earth Science (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Modern Languages (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Mathematics (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Physics (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Elementary Education (Bachelor's Degree)
- Education - Elementary Education (Master's Degree)
- Education - Secondary Education (Master's Degree)
- Special Education - (Master's Degree)
- Human Ecology – Early Childhood Education (special education)
High-Need Fields are defined as:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching 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 go to www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
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 go to www.tcli.ed.gov and click on the SEARCH button.
Overview of TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant while attending K-State, students must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that is designated as serving low-income students. Additionally, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve stipulates that a recipient of the grant must serve for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after completing or withdrawing from the program of study for which the grant was received.
For additional information regarding the TEACH Grant, we encourage you to visit the U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant website or contact our office.