Federal Grants

 

Grants are awarded to students with significant financial need in combination with work and loans as part of an aid package. Normally, financial need is determined from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.

 

Federal Pell Grant

  • Annual award of $611 to $6,095 per year
  • Open to US Citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • File FAFSA online by March 31 (SUBR preferred filing date).
  • Available to Undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need based on the Federal Methodology Formula.

 

NOTE: Effective 2012-2013, no student will be eligible to receive more than 12 semesters or its equivalency of Federal Pell Grant. The Pell Lifetime Eligibility Usage for qualifying, undergraduate students is 600%.

 

NOTE: Effective 2017-2018, eligible students are able to receive up to 150% of the Federal Pell Grant Scheduled Award for an award year. To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, the student must be otherwise eligible to receive Pell Grant funds for the payment period and must be enrolled at least half-time, in accordance with 34 CFR 668.2(b), in the payment period(s) for which the student receives the additional Pell Grant funds in excess of 100 percent of the student’s Pell Grant Scheduled Award.

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

 Annual award of $200-$4,000.

  • Open to U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens with exceptional financial need.
  • Basis for award: need as defined in federal formula.
  • Primary consideration will be given to Pell Grant Recipients

Federal TEACH Grant Program

NOTE: For the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet, click here.

 

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If, after reading all of the information on this fact sheet, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the financial aid office at the college where you will be enrolled.

 

Conditions of receiving TEACH Grant

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, 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. IMPORTANT: 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. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

 

Student Eligibility Requirements

To receive a TEACH Grant you must 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 enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work.
  • Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
  • Must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling each year before completing your Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year at https://teach-ats.ed.gov.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
  • Potential Awardees will be selected and forwarded via the SUBR College of Education.  For more information on this process, please contact them at (225) 771-2290.
  • Must complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling prior to leaving the Institution at www.nslds.ed.gov

High-Need Field

High-need fields are the specific areas identified below

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
  • Foreign Language.
  • Mathematics.
  • Reading Specialist.
  • Science.
  • Special Education.
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.

 

To access the listing, please go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.

 

Schools Serving Low-Income Students

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.

To access the Directory, please go to https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.

 

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

  • Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant
  • Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
  • specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the
  • teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you
  • that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service
  • requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized
  • Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:
    • 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.

 

  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
  • If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation,
  • TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER

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.