The TEACH Grant is a federal program that strives to encourage teachers into high-need teaching areas in K-12 low-income schools. Qualifying education majors may receive up to $4,000 in federal grant per year. In exchange, a TEACH Grant recipient must work for four years as a full-time highly-qualified teacher, in a high-need field. The recipient must also secure employment in an eligible school receiving Title I assistance.
Revised 4/26/13, in accordance with federal regulations
Due to the recent sequestration of federal funds, the U.S. Deaprtment of Education has advised all participating institutions of higher education, including Manhattan College, that all new TEACH Grants certified after March 1, 2013 are reduced by 7.1% from their original award amounts ($500-$2,000 per semester). Please see the revised grant amounts below:
|ENROLLMENT STATUS||CREDITS PER SEMESTER||TEACH AMOUNT PER YEAR||TEACH AMOUNT PER TERM|
|Full Time||12 credits||$3,716||$1,858|
|Three-Quarter Time||9 credits||$2,787||$1,393.50|
|Half Time||6 credits||$1,858||$929|
|Less Than Half||3 credits||$929||$464.50|
|ENROLLMENT STATUS||CREDITS PER SEMESTER||TEACH AMOUNT PER YEAR||TEACH AMOUNT PER TERM|
|Full time||9-12 credits||$3,716||$1,858|
|Half time||6 credits||$1,858||$929|
|Less than Half Time||3 credits||$929||$464.50|
Please review the teaching fields below. General and Elementary Education majors with qualifying concentration areas may also apply. However, please note that recipients cannot satisfy teaching requirements if employed to teach across various subjects. In addition, please consult the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing to determine whether your employing state and/or county has classroom grade level instruction restrictions.
1) Meet eligibility requirements.
2) Complete the FAFSA.
3) Complete and submit the Online Entrance Counseling and the Agreement to Serve.
4) Complete Manhattan College’s initial application and submit materials to Student Financial Services. Only copies of official SAT/ACT score reports will be accepted. Online printouts are not considered valid when reviewing student eligibility for this federal grant.
The TEACH Grant is a federal aid program established to encourage teachers to pursue employment in high-need, K-12 public schools. It allows for a federal grant of up to $4,000 per year for students in qualifying undergraduate and graduate programs in exchange for teaching as a full-time, highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field within a Title I school upon graduation. If the teaching service years are not fulfilled within eight years of graduating or leaving the qualifying program, the grant is converted into a Federal Direct unsubsidized Stafford loan with accrued interest, and must be repaid in full. Teachers are responsible for gaining employment within these parameters by themselves. Employment placement is not provided by the College.
Submit a FAFSA indicating an interest in the TEACH Grant, and fill out a Manhattan College TEACH Grant application. To receive the grant, you will also need to complete Online Counseling and an Agreement to Serve form. A financial aid counselor will review your application to determine your final eligibility.
You will need to complete the TEACH Grant application steps annually, preferably in the summer (before the start of the Fall semester) or winter (before the start of the Spring semester).
The U.S. Department of Education predetermines which programs are designated as national subject areas of high-need. Manhattan College abides by limited regulations to accept students who enter clear paths toward receiving a teaching license in a high-need area.
The U.S. Department of Education determines certain high-need fields that are eligible, regardless of academic year or state. Additionally, each year, each state establishes high-need areas to meet their particular needs (see: Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing). The Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits also contains an updated listing of eligible schools receiving Title I assistance nationwide.
Yes, eligible students may receive up to $4,000 per year with cap limits of $16,000 as an undergraduate student and $8,000 as a graduate student, as long as you are enrolled in qualifying programs, submit all required materials annually, and meet the academic criteria required.
Students must have at least a 3.25 GPA for each payment period; OR have a score above the 75th percentile on one section of an admissions test such as the SAT, ACT or GRE. In addition, you must annually complete a FAFSA, Entrance Counseling and Agreement to Serve.
Recipients must teach full-time for four years in a high-need subject area in a low-income school within eight years of graduation or leaving the College. If you fail to do this, your TEACH Grant(s) reverts into an unsubsidized Stafford loan, with interest accruing from when the funds were first disbursed to your student account.
If you change majors to one ineligible for a TEACH Grant, you will not receive the grant for that semester. Furthermore, if you graduate and do not pursue the teaching requirements, the grant is converted to an unsubsidized Stafford loan with interest calculated from the date of disbursement. You are still held responsible for fulfilling the teaching service years or repaying the unsubsidized Stafford loan despite having left the qualifying program.
If you wish to cancel your TEACH Grant, notify the Financial Aid Administration office within two weeks, or by the first day of the payment period – it will not become a loan. If you notify our office after the two weeks, but within 120 days Manhattan College is not required to return the funds, and the grant can be converted into a loan. After 120 days, you are responsible for contacting Federal Student Loan Servicing and they will determine appropriate repayment of funds.
If you qualify for this grant based on GPA, but your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.25, you are ineligible for the grant until your GPA returns to the required 3.25 minimum.
No, this grant is not based on need and does not factor into your aggregate limit on loans. However, the amount of all financial aid received cannot extend beyond your Cost of Attendance. You can speak with a financial aid counselor to determine if accepting a TEACH Grant would impact your award package.
Eligible majors are subject to change and Agreements to Serve are only applied on a one-year basis for the intended academic year in which students wish to receive the TEACH Grant. If a student’s major is only valid within the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing, they will be ineligible to apply for a subsequent TEACH Grant.
General and Elementary Education majors with qualifying concentration areas may also apply. However, please note that recipients may not be able to satisfy teaching requirements if employed to teach across various subjects. More than 50% of the employed teacher's classes must be documented as spent teaching in a high-need subject area. In addition, please consult the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing to determine whether your employing state and/or county has classroom grade level instruction restrictions.
The awarded TEACH Grant will be prorated if you are enrolled less than full time.
You will still be expected to fulfill your teaching obligation once you complete graduate school. You are required to officially suspend your first grant, then you can apply for a graduate-level TEACH Grant in an eligible program. The Federal Loan Servicing Center can instruct you on how to suspend your first grant.
No, student teaching does not count toward the four years you are required to teach in order to fulfill your TEACH Agreement to Serve with the federal government.
No, you would only be obligated to fulfill a 4-year teaching service in total if you were to continue from an undergraduate TEACH Grant right into the next consecutively. There are certain circumstances that alters this (if you postpone graduate school for a year or more), so please feel free to contact Student Financial Services or the Federal Loan Servicing Center directly with any questions or concerns.
The grant is only applicable for someone who is earning his or her first bachelor's or master's degree. You may qualify for the TEACH Grant if you have not yet earned your first master's degree. Special education is currently the only eligible graduate-level program offered at the College.
Yes. In addition, your employing state and district must recognize your field as high-need by national standards or in the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide List) for the academic year in which you begin your first year as a teacher. First-year teachers who fail to do so must find employment in a qualifying state or subject area by the fourth year post-graduation or risk having their TEACH Grant(s) converted to an unsubsidized Stafford loan.
You must begin your first year of teaching in a school listed in the Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. If your school is not listed as Title I in your second year, you should review your Agreement to Serve and consult the Federal Loan Servicing Center. TEACH regulations state that as long as the school was listed as Title I in your first year, TEACH recipients can continue employment in the same school and have those years count toward their TEACH service years.
The U.S. Department of Education does not have a formal customer service number specified for TEACH Grant inquiries. However, students primarily communicate with the Federal Loan Servicing Center (FLSC). Required forms (Suspension and Annual Certification) can be found at their website: myedaccount.com. It is important that students notify the FLSC within 120 days after leaving Manhattan, and each subsequent year until the service agreement is fulfilled.
Like all Federal Direct Stafford Loans, unsubsidized Stafford loans require repayments to begin at the end of a six month grace period following either your graduation, failure to enroll below half time, or when the conversion takes place.
Lasallian Volunteers (and students pursuing other education volunteer programs) must be employed as a full-time teacher in a high-need subject area, in an eligible school, for the academic year. Further, the interested LV must also be certified to teach in the state where he or she intends on serving. Review the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing and Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits to determine whether your employing state and/or county, and your intended school meet requirement criteria. You should also consult the Federal Loan Servicing Center with your situation to fully determine your eligibilty.
Manhattan College is not required by federal regulations to guide students in this matter, but here are some helpful tips that can help you tackle this issue:
1. Log in to your account at the Federal Loan Servicing Center to see if there are any correspondences you have not responded to in a timely manner. Since this program is relatively new, unexpected conversion is rare and an anomaly of most reported student experiences with the TEACH Grant program. Further, most related issues stem from failure by the student to communicate or return due documents in a timely manner, so the first thing you should do is contact the Federal Loan Servicing Center to discuss your case, ask for the circumstances surrounding the conversion, and request the ability to appeal in writing to the U.S. Department of Education.
2. If you have the option to appeal, gather evidence that supports your case (i.e. certified letters of enrollment from the Registrar Office, correspondences received from the Federal Loan Servicing Center, proof of accepted grant suspension, etc.) and prepare your appeal letter. Make sure that you include any completed forms that are required at this time.
3. Mail all documents together, not by piecemeal. Use a delivery tracking number. Follow-up as needed. The final appeal outcome is determined by the U.S. Department of Education's TEACH Grant Program office, not the Federal Loan Servicing Center. Manhattan College is not involved in this determination and cannot appeal on your behalf, nor can we guarantee an outcome in your favor.
4. If your appeal is granted: Congratulations! Now, stay in direct communication with the Federal Loan Servicing Center as needed and continue working on completing your TEACH Service years. Also, it may be worth your while to pursue Teacher Loan Forgiveness toward any remaining federal loan debt you borrowed.
If your appeal was denied: Follow-up with the Federal Loan Servicing Center and see if you have any other options. If not, you must take financial responsibility for the unsubsidized Stafford loan with accrued interest, and continue to communicate with the Federal Loan Servicing Center as needed. We recommend you review our loan borrower resources page to learn more about repayment plans and Teacher Loan Forgiveness. You may also consult and contact the federal Ombudsman office if you feel your loan conversion was still erroneous, but your appeal was not returned in your favor.