The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants to students who intend to teach high-need subjects in a designated high need schools that serves students from low-income families.
As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete your service obligation , all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, which will be charged accrued interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. TEACH Grant recipients will be given a six-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
Formal Admission to Teacher Education is the written process that confirms a student's intent to peruse teacher certification at WCU in a teacher education program. The student must have earned a minimum of 48 credits at the college level to be granted FATE. Please note this requirement is only necessary if you are enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program. Please note this requirement is only necessary if you are enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program.
Eligible Programs of Study
Only students who satisfy the eligibility requirements above, who have been granted Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE) as defined by the College of Education may be considered for a TEACH grant at West Chester University.
Students who meet the requirements above who are interested in participating in the program are required to complete the steps below. These steps must be completed each year the student wants to participate in the program.
Submit the TEACH Grant request form (Summer 2016, Fall 2016/Spring 2017) to the Financial Aid Office IMPORTANT: Once steps 1 & 2 above have been completed and if students qualify for the program, they will receive an email communication to their WCU email account notifying them of their TEACH Grant eligibility and instructions on how and when to complete the Agreement to Serve. .
Summer applicants are required to complete a separate Summer TEACH Grant Request Form (Will be avaliable March of each year) and will be considered for the maximum amount of award eligibility remaining for that academic year.
Award Amounts disbursed between 10/1/2015-09/30/2016
Full Time GR 9
Three Quarter Time GR 7/8
Half Time GR 4.5-6
Less than Half Time Below 4.5
Requirements of current TEACH Grant Recipients
All students are required to complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling after graduating or ceasing enrollment at West Chester University. TEACH Exit Counseling should be completed online at www.nslds.ed.gov.
Within 120 days of ceasing enrollment before completing the TEACH Grant Eligible program the student is required to notify Fedloan Servicing that he or she is employed as a full-time teacher performing qualifying teaching service, or that he or she is not yet employed but intends to satisfy the service obligation. FedLoan Servicing can be reached by logging into your account at MyFedLoan.org/TEACH
Students who are employed full time in a qualifying school and field are required to complete the required forms and provide supporting documentation on an annual basis in order to document their teaching service. MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.
Students can monitor their TEACH Grant status and potential interest accrued by logging into their TEACH Grant account via FedLoan Servicing at MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.