Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must electronically sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
This agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment that you understand that if the teaching service requirements are not met … your grant converts to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
Terms of the agreement
The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:
- You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least 4 academic years within 8 calendar years after you complete or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- Perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school. 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.
- Teaching service must be in a high-need field.
- Comply with any other requirement that the U.S. Department of Education determines to be necessary.
- If you do not complete the teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
What is a high need field?
To meet the service agreement for the TEACH Grant and avoid loan repayment, you must teach in a high need field as identified below. The field must be your primary teaching assignment for the majority of your time and not integrated as one part of your teaching assignments.
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- 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 count for your service requirement, the shortage area must be designated at the time you received the TEACH Grant, even if the field no longer has a high-need designation when you begin teaching.
Which schools serve low-income students?
To count for a TEACH Grant service requirement, the school you teach at must be listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
Search for schools on the Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory.