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News Brief

2009-10-28MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Tjeerdsma

Federal Teach Grant

This letter is to inform you of a federal aid program called the Federal TEACH Grant and to ask you to pass this information on to students you feel may be able to benefit from it. Both undergraduate and graduate level students may be eligible for this program. In order to be eligible for this grant, students must be planning to teach and they must agree to teach four of your first eight years out of college in a school which has been designated as eligible for assistance under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. They must also teach in a high need academic area as defined by the Department of Education. Currently those fields are Mathematics, Science, Special Education, Reading Specialist, Bilingual Education, Foreign Language, and English Language Acquisition. Other fields may be added as deemed necessary and the list will be updated annually. States may also request that certain teaching fields be accepted as high need for that state only. An example of this is Music Education has been identified in both Iowa and Nebraska.

Students must also qualify academically by scoring at the 75 th percentile on a nationally standardized test such as the ACT or by maintaining at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA .If students meet these qualifications and are willing to agree to the terms, they could receive a grant of up to $4000 per year. We want them to be aware that if they accept a TEACH Grant but do not meet the teaching requirement after graduation, the grant becomes an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan which they would have to repay along with all accrued interest.

The Federal Department of Education has set up the following web site to explain more about this grant/loan program . We encourage students to use this site to help them determine whether they feel it is a good option for them. Students who are interested in learning more about the grant and if they are eligible should contact me at 660-562-1363.

Please feel free to contact the Financial Assistance Office if you have questions or need additional information.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word about this program.

Del Morley

Director of Financial Assistance