Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
Saginaw Valley State University participates in the U.S. Department of Education’s TEACH Grant Program, which is a Federal Grant that benefits teacher education students. It was first implemented for the 2008-2009 academic year. Go to the Federal Student Aid site for more information.
Amount of Grant
The TEACH Grant Program will provide up to $4,000* per year ($16,000 total for four-year undergraduate programs; $8,000 total for graduate studies) in grants to students who plan to teach full-time in high-need subject areas at schools that serve students from low-income families. Three-quarter-time students can receive up to $3,000 per year; half-time students can receive up to $2,000 per year; and less-than-half time students can receive up to $1,000 per year.
*IMPORTANT: Due to the Federal Government Sequestration, beginning March 1, 2013, ANY disbursements made to a TEACH Grant must be reduced by 6%. That would mean a $2,000 TEACH Grant award would be reduced to $1,880; and so on. Any FIRST disbursement of a TEACH Grant made after October 1, 2013, must be reduced by .89% (change effective 12/24/13).
Please note: Because total financial aid must not exceed the cost of attendance, receiving a TEACH Grant may reduce the recipient’s eligibility for other sources of financial aid.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve four years as a full-time teacher in which you are teaching a majority of your courses in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach at least four years within eight years of finishing your teacher preparation program for which you received a TEACH Grant. IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. Once the grant has been converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.
Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement), online at the Department of Education Web site: www.teach-ats.ed.gov/. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will provide that –
- For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- You must 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.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field in which you are teaching a majority of your courses.
- You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
- If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement. If the grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.
High-Need Subject Areas:
- 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 at http://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 at https:// www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.
Eligibility Criteria for Saginaw Valley State University Students:
At Saginaw Valley State University you must:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need. The website to complete this application online is: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be enrolled in coursework or plan to complete coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching in a high-need subject area in a school serving low-income (Title I) students and teach a majority of your courses in high-need field
- Submit a copy of your ACT, SAT, GRE scores if you scored above the 75th percentile on at least one of the batteries of a national standardized college admissions test. If you do not have a copy of your ACT test score, you may contact the ACT Test site at: www.actstudent.org or phone them at 319-337-1313 to obtain an additional score report OR : Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and maintain that GPA throughout your academic program at S.V.S.U. In addition, for high school students, you must submit a final cumulative grade point average (GPA) transcript upon graduation of at least 3.25 and maintain that GPA throughout your academic TEACH Grant program. Please note: Each semester, all students who select this criteria will be monitored and their TEACH Grant may be adjusted accordingly.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve online each academic year that your receive a TEACH Grant at www.teach-ats.ed.gov
- Sign a TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling for each academic year that you receive the grant at www.teach-ats.ed.gov. Also, you will be required to complete the Exit TEACH Grant Counseling when you graduate or leave school or cease to be enrolled in your teacher preparation program at www.nslds.ed.gov.
- Be accepted into an eligible degree program.
The Following S.V.S.U. Programs are NOT Eligible for the TEACH GRANT
- Teacher Certification students
- Second undergraduate degree seeking students
- Student's pursuing only an additional certification or endorsement added to their current degree
TEACH Grant-Eligible Programs at Saginaw Valley State University:
Some students may have previously qualified for a program that is no longer an eligible program
Graduate studies beyond the Master's Degree:
Education Specialist (EdS)
Directorship of Special Education
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Early Childhood Classroom Teaching
K-12 Literacy Specialist
Only available to teachers who are already endorsed in at least one area of special education
To include Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment and/ or Learning Disabilities endorsement(s)
To be completed as part of a bachelor's degree and initial certification:
English as a Second Language
To be completed as part of a bachelor's degree and initial certification:
Computer Science, English as a Second Language
Elementary and Secondary Education
To include Cognitive Impairment, Emotional Impairment
You must confirm within 120 days of completing or otherwise ceasing enrollment in your teacher preparation program that you are fulfilling (or plan to fulfill) the terms and conditions of your service agreement. You must document your teaching service, and your documentation must be certified by the chief administrative officer at the school where you teach and sent directly to the Department of Education. In addition, you will need to notify in writing to the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid if you cease enrollment in your teacher preparation program.
How to Apply:
- Students who may be interested in receiving a TEACH Grant must complete the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The website address is: www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA must be completed yearly.
- TEACH Grant Application (375kB): Print, complete, and mail or fax the completed form to:
Saginaw Valley State University
Campus Financial Services Center
7400 Bay Road University Center, MI 48710
Submit a paper copy of your standardized college admissions test scores showing above the 75% percentile ranking to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. If you do not have a copy of your ACT test score, you may contact the ACT Test site at: www.actstudent.org
or phone them at 319-337-1313 to obtain an additional score report OR: You must have a current cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and maintain that GPA throughout your academic program at Saginaw Valley State University. In addition, for high school students, you must submit a final cumulative grade point average (GPA) transcript upon graduation of at least 3.25 and maintain that GPA throughout your academic TEACH Grant program. Please note: Each semester, all students who select this criteria will be monitored and their TEACH Grant may be adjusted accordingly.
the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling at: www.teach-ats.ed.gov
You will be notified of approval or denial regarding your TEACH grant application status once you have submitted all of the necessary documentation listed above or that we have confirmed your requirement(s). Please note: This process may take up to six weeks or longer once the confirmation is complete.