TEACH Grant


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant)

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 What is the TEACH Grant Program?

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families.

TEACH Grant Eligibility and Conditions

The federal TEACH Grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below and who are enrolled in programs at Sonoma State University (SSU) that have been designated as eligible. Characteristics of eligible programs include those in which 1) a majority of students are pursuing coursework to enable them to teach full-time and 2) students are likely to obtain employment in a low-income school.

TEACH Grant recipients must meet certain conditions in order to prevent the grant from converting into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. If the grant converts into a loan, you will have to repay the entire amount to the U. S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the grant was disbursed to you.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligibility deadlines are associated with eligibility requirements. For more information email the Financial aid Office at finaid@sonoma.edu or call 707-664-2389 and request a TEACH Grant Informational sheet.
  • Complete the -Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year you are attending and meet all basic student eligibility requirements
  • Be enrolled as a sophomore, junior, or senior in coursework that leads to or is required for one of the following SSU programs that have been designated as TEACH-eligible:
    • Single subject credential in Math or Science
    • Multiple Subject Blended program OR
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is required for one of the following SSU Teaching Credential programs that have been designated as TEACH-eligible:
    • Single subject credentials in Math, Science, or English
    • Multiple Subject credential
    • Special Education credential
  • Meet academic requirements: either maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher or demonstrate a college admissions test score above the 75th percentile
  • Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)

Conditions of the TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) obligates you to perform a total of at least four academic years of full-time teaching as a highly-qualified teacher in a designated low-income school, and you must teach in a designated high-need field. You must provide the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.

Designated low-income schools include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the federal Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits at https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.

You must complete the service obligation even if you withdraw from the program for which you received the TEACH Grant. If you fail to complete the full service obligation, the entire amount of TEACH Grant received converts to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accrued from the date you received each grant disbursement.

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S.Department of Education (ED), with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid out).

What is the TEACH Grant Agreement to serve?

Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign an Agreement to Serve on the U.S. Department of education’s (ED) TEACH Grant website at http://teach-ats.ed.gov. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve explains the terms and conditions of the service obligation you must agree to fulfill as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant. By signing the Agreement to Serve, you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge your understanding that if you do not fulfill the service obligation, the TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a loan that you must repay.

TEACH Grant Information Sessions

All qualified applicants must attend a TEACH Grant Information session to receive the final School of Education Advisor signature.
Please call the School of Education at 707-664-2593 to schedule an advising session.
This advising session is only for those who have completed the online TEACH Grant Counseling session and were determined by SSU’s Financial Aid Office to be in a program determined eligible for the TEACH Grant (step 2 of the checklist).

For more information contact the Financial Aid office at SSU:
- go to http://www.sonoma.edu/finaid/types/teachers.html, visit in person on the first floor of Salazar Hall
-email questions to finaid@sonoma.edu

What are the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation?

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to the following:

  • You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program(s) for which you received TEACH Grant funds.
  • You must perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school or educational service agency.
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • You must provide the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.
  • If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must repay this loan in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.