Before You Apply
- Please read the official program guidelines because this grant may be converted to a loan if you do not meet the education program requirements or teaching obligations.
- Take time to review the high need, teacher shortage area fields. These are defined by federal statute and listed in the federal TEACH Fact Sheet. Other teacher shortage areas are listed in the Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. If a field was designated as high-need at the time you received the TEACH Grant it may satisfy your teaching obligation even if the field is no longer classified as high-need when you begin teaching.
- Be familiar with school districts serving low-income students. See the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
- Notify your advisor of your decision to pursue teaching so the education major code can be added to your Truman student system record.
- Develop a long-term course plan for your undergraduate and graduate work with the Certification Analyst in Truman’s Department of Education.
- File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current school year. This will confirm you meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid.
- Be sure you have either scored at the 75th percentile on a college admission test (ACT, SAT, GRE) or have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Submit Truman’s TEACH Grant Application specifying the amount you would like to apply for along with your planned enrollment (full-time, half-time, etc.) for each term.
- Complete TEACH Grant Counseling online through the Department of Education.
- Complete the Agreement to Serve (ATS) online. There is no paper copy; this must be done online. The ATS uses your FAFSA PIN to enter the form and serve as your signature. This is fairly comprehensive with the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant, about 22 pages when printed, so you should allow sufficient time to read through it. A PDF is supposed to be made available to schools and students for downloading.
Getting Your Money
Once your eligibility is determined, the amount is awarded and then both counseling and the agreement must be done. Funds will then be paid with the annual award being split into two disbursements.
If you change your mind, you can cancel the award within 14 days of notification that it was disbursed.
Other Points Of Interest
You may apply for the TEACH Grant at any time during the academic year, but the application must be submitted while you are still enrolled that year or by the deadline published by the Department of Education (whichever is earlier).
Any payments for a previous semester will be based on credit hours completed. We recommend you apply in advance of the academic year, if possible.
TEACH is only for a first bachelor’s and first master’s degree only. You may not receive a TEACH Grant for a second bachelor’s or a second master’s degree.
The requirement to have scored at the 75th percentile on a national college admissions test is a one-time check, whereas the use of the 3.25 GPA to meet eligibility guidelines is checked each semester.
Though you must file a FAFSA annually to determine some eligibility guidelines, you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
The TEACH Grant, when combined with your other financial assistance, may not exceed your cost of attendance.
If you receive subsequent TEACH Grants, additional counseling will be required each year to review the terms and conditions of the award. Exit counseling is also required when you prepare to leave the University.
Under certain conditions, the TEACH Grant may be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accruing from the date of each grant disbursement:
- if the recipient requests that the grant be converted to a loan
- if the recipient fails to notify the Department of Education that he is employed, or intends to pursue employment, within 120 days of ceasing enrollment
- if the recipient does not confirm intention to satisfy the agreement to the Department annually
- if, within one year of ceasing enrollment, the recipient has not begun teaching service or applied for and been determine eligible for a suspension
- if the recipient does not maintain employment in a timeframe allowing for completion of service
*There is a possibility that a student who received a TEACH Grant early in their academic career could fail to be admitted to the teacher education program.
A TEACH Grant that has been converted to a loan:
- cannot be reconverted to a grant.
- receives a six-month grace period, with an in-school deferment for at least half-time enrollment.
- does not count against your annual or aggregate Stafford Loan limits.
You will receive quarterly statements from the Department of Education showing status of TEACH, dollars received and potential loan amount, along with instructions on how to affirm commitment.
Your TEACH Grant service obligation may be canceled (discharged) if you die or if you become totally and permanently disabled. You may also receive a discharge of some or all your four-year teaching requirement if you are called or ordered to qualifying active duty for a period that exceeds three years.
For more information about pursuing a TEACH Grant eligible program, contact: Truman’s School of Health Sciences and Education.
For more information about certification and disbursement of a TEACH Grant, contact: Truman’s Financial Aid Office in McClain 103.