The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to serve as a highly-qualified full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. A TEACH Grant recipient must teach for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the program of study for which the TEACH Grant was received.
Please note: Effective March 1, 2013, as a result of Federal Sequestration, the U.S. Department of Education has advised all schools to reduce the TEACH grant award amounts as follows:
- For Grants first disbursed after March 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2013 the award amount must be reduced by 6 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. The max award for the year would then be $3760.
- For Grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2013, and before Oct. 1, 2014, the award amount must be reduced by 0.89 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. The max award would then be $3964.
- For grants first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, the award amount must be reduced by 7.3 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $292, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,708.
If a TEACH Grant recipient fails to complete the service requirement, the total amount of TEACH Grant funds received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must repay this loan in full; with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must:
- Meet the Basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSASM). Make sure to secure a Personal Identification Number (PIN - www.pin.ed.gov) to sign your FAFSA electronically.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in one of the appropriate liberal arts, science or education majors.
- Current undergraduates, incoming freshmen, transfer students and graduate students must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher to qualify (Incoming freshmen & Graduate Students may also qualify if they score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test).
- Complete the TEACH Grant Initial Counseling Session and the annual Agreement to Serve (ATS) available online at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action
* To continue to receive the Teach Grant, students must maintain the required GPA of 3.25 as well as complete the FAFSA, Subsequent Counseling and Agreement to Serve annually*
William Paterson University Eligible Programs:
Early Childhood/ Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities)
Dual Licensure P-3/ Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities) (all academic majors are eligible)
Early Childhood/ Bilingual
Dual Licensure P-3/ Bilingual (all academic majors are eligible)
Elementary/Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities)
Dual Licensure K-5/Teacher of Students with Disabilities (all academic majors are eligible)
All academic majors
K-5/5-8 Middle School
Math, Science, Spanish, French, Chinese
K-5/ 5-8/ Teacher of Students with Disabilities (all academic majors are eligible)
Mathematics with K-12 Secondary Ed
Biology with K-12 Secondary Ed
Chemistry with K-12 Secondary Ed
Earth Science with K-12 Secondary Ed
Secondary K-12 Subject /Special Education (Teacher of Students with Disabilities) (all academic majors are eligible)
Spanish with K-12 Secondary Ed
French with K-12 Secondary Ed
Asian Studies (Chinese and Japanese only) with K-12 Secondary Ed
All academic majors (except English, Chinese, Spanish, French, and Japanese)
M.Ed. Literacy- Reading Concentration
M.Ed. Curriculum and Learning- Teaching Children Mathematics Concentration
M.Ed. Curriculum and Learning- Middle and High School Mathematics Concentration
M.Ed. Curriculum and Learning- Bilingual/ESL Concentration
M.Ed. Special Education- Teaching Students with Disabilities Concentration
M.A.T. K-5 with 5-8 (Math, Science Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese)
M.A.T. K-5 and TSD
M.A.T. K-12 (Math, Science, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese)
Current High-Need Fields (in schools that serve low-income families) are:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education or
- Other Identified Teacher Shortage Areas (not geographic areas) as of the time recipients
receive the grant or as of the time they begin teaching in that field. The “other identified
teacher shortage areas” are listed in this publication, at the following Web site:
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