TEACH Grant Program
The Federal TEACH grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field at an elementary or secondary school serving low-income families.
To receive a TEACH Grant you must do the following and/or meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be admitted in an undergraduate or graduate program designated by Ohio Dominican as a TEACH grant eligible program. (Eligible programs are listed below)
- Maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA or score at or above the 75th percentile on ACT/SAT
- Plan to teach full-time in a high need field at a low-income elementary or secondary school.
- Plan to teach as a highly qualified teacher for four years within the eight years immediately following completion of the degree.
In order to be eligible for the TEACH grant at Ohio Dominican you must be admitted into a designated TEACH grant eligible program. TEACH grant eligible programs are listed below.
Middle Childhood Education (Grades 4-9) with a focus in Mathematics and/or Science
Intervention Specialists Education (Grades K-12)
Adolescent to Young Adult Education (Bachelor of Science only), includes:
- Integrated Mathematics
- Integrated Science
- Earth Science/Chemistry
- Life Science
- Life Science/Chemistry
- Life Science/Earth Science
- Life Science/Physics
- Physical Science
TESOL (Grades P-12)
Curriculum and Instruction (Must plan to teach in a high-need field)
Educational Leadership (Must plan to teach in a high-need field)
In exchange for receiving a TEACH grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field at an elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. 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.
If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of 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.
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:
- 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.
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.
- Enrollment of 12 or more hours: $4000/year
- Enrollment of 9-11 hours: $3000/year
- Enrollment of 6-8 hours: $2000/year
- Enrollment of 5 hours or less: $1000/year
- Enrollment of 6 or more hours: $4000/year
- Enrollment of 3-5 hours: $2000/year
- Undergraduate students are eligible for a maximum of $16,000 in TEACH grant funding over the course of four years.
- Graduate students are eligible for up to $8,000 in TEACH grant funding over the course of two years.
1. File a FAFSA at fafsa.gov
2. Submit the TEACH Grant Application to the Financial Aid Office
3. If you are eligible for the grant based on an ACT/SAT score at or above the 75th percentile, submit a copy of your test results to the Financial Aid Office with your grant application.
4. Complete initial counseling and an Agreement to Serve each year at studentaid.gov.
Complete the Federal TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Initial Counseling for each year that you receive this grant at studentaid.gov
Each year you receive a TEACH grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available at studentaid.gov.
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.
- You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.