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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

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For students who intend to teach full time in a high-need field at a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families

Service obligation

Recipients must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you receive the TEACH Grant:

Effective July 1, 2010, if the field you will be teaching in was designated as a high-need field when you received the TEACH grant but is not when you begin to teach, you still can fulfill your service obligation by teaching in that field.

The field you teach in must be a high-need field in the state where you teach in order to satisfy your service requirements. For example, if music is a high-need field in Texas but not in Montana and you teach music in Montana, it will not satisfy your service obligation.

If you fail to complete the service obligation:


Eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for this grant, you must:


Suspension and discharge of service obligation

If you are called or ordered to active military duty, you (or your representative) may request a suspension of the 8-year period in increments not exceeding three years. Once you have exceeded the 3-year suspension period, you may request a discharge of all or a portion of your teaching service obligation.

Your service obligation will be discharged (canceled) if you die or become totally and permanently disabled and meet other requirements. You must apply for disability discharge through the U.S. Department of Education.

Annual/ Aggregate Amounts 2012-2013


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