Several up to $4000 scholarships for American students planning to become teachers of highly needed fields in low-income areas.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program, founded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office, provides scholarships to students planning to become highly-qualified teachers.
A grant of up to $4,000 is awarded to deserving pre-Bachelor/Master students who are completing or planning to complete a course work in a teaching program at an eligible school, college or university from the United States. Since not all the institutions participate in the Teach Grant Program, applicants are required to first contact the financial aid office at the school where they plan to enroll to find out whether the school participates in such a program.
By applying to this grant, the candidates must agree with the TEACH Grant Program terms and conditions to:
- teach a highly-needed field (bilingual education and English language acquisition, foreign language, mathematics, reading, science, and special education, as well as any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency)
- teach at least four complete academic years after receiving the course grant
- conduct their teaching at an elementary or secondary school (or educational agency) for students from low-income families
The application process is open all year and the grants are usually awarded by October 1, each year.
- Applicants should meet the U.S. Federal Student Aid Basic Eligibility Criteria (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/basic-criteria)
- They should be enrolled as undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate students at an eligible school participating in the TEACH Grant Program
- They must be enrolled in an eligible program for the TEACH Grant
- They must have and maintain a GPA of minimum 3.25
How to Apply
Candidates willing to apply for the TEACH grant program must initially complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for. Afterwards, they should create an account by using their FSA ID at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action in order to complete a TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling application. Finally, they should sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
Important Note: By applying and signing a TEACH Grant contract, the candidates must complete their service obligation in accordance to the TEACH rules. In case they fail to do so, all the TEACH Grant funds they might have received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.