The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $3728* to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary school that serves students from low-income families.

Visit the Federal Department of Education TEACH grant Web site*Students whose TEACH grant disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 are only eligible for $3728 for the 2015-2016 academic year based on the sequester reduction of 6.8%.  Students whose TEACH grant disbursed before October 1, 2015 have a maximum amount of eligibility up to $3708.

Important Note about the TEACH Grant Program:

Failure to complete a TEACH Grant eligible education degree program, complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to an unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan with interest accruing from the date the TEACH Grant was first disbursed. It is estimated that only 20% of students who participate in the TEACH Grant Program will be able to use the funds as grants, while many students will see their funds converted to loans with accumulated interest.

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Amount of Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $3728 per year ($16,000 total for an undergraduate degree; $8000 total for a graduate degree) in grant funds to full time students who plan to teach full time in high-need subject areas at schools serving students from low-income families. Students attending less than full time will have the grant reduced (three-quarter time students may receive up to $2796 per year; half-time students may receive up to $1864 per year, and less-than-half time students may receive up to $932 per year).

Please note: Receiving the TEACH Grant may reduce the recipient’s eligibility for other sources of financial aid if the TEACH Grant amount would exceed the student’s cost of attendance.

Teaching Obligation

TEACH Grant recipients must agree to teach for at least four full years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation program, and to teach high-need subjects in designated schools that serve low-income students. If you do not complete the teaching obligation, your grants will convert to an unsubsidized Federal Direct Student Loan, which you must repay with interest.

Highly Qualified Teacher Requirement

You must perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher, which is defined by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Full-Time Teacher

You must meet the state's definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students Schools

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.

Service Agreement

Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and Promise to Pay (service agreement) which is available electronically on the U.S. Department of Education web site upon Kent State University’s confirmation of your enrollment in an eligible major. When you sign the service agreement, you are agreeing to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan, with interest accrued from the date that the grant funds were disbursed, if you do not complete the teaching obligation. Once the grant has been converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.

Teacher Shortage Areas:

Review this list for all states of Teacher Shortage Areas.

Eligibility Criteria for Kent State University Students:

At Kent State University you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Incoming freshmen*: Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) and maintain a 3.25 cumulative KSU GPA to receive the TEACH Grant for each subsequent term, or score above the 75th percentile on one battery of the ACT or SAT
  • Incoming graduate students: Have a cumulative GPA from your undergraduate institution of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) and maintain a 3.25 cumulative KSU GPA to receive the TEACH Grant for each subsequent term, or score above the 75th percentile on one battery of the GRE
  • Incoming transfer students: Have a cumulative GPA (that includes grades for courses accepted for transfer from all previous attended institutions) of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) and maintain a 3.25 cumulative KSU GPA to receive the TEACH Grant for each subsequent term, or score above the 75th percentile on one battery of the ACT or SAT. Kent State University must have an official copy of your test score
  • Returning KSU students: Have a cumulative Kent State University GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) and maintain a 3.25 cumulative KSU GPA to receive the TEACH Grant for each subsequent term, or score above the 75th percentile on one battery of the ACT or SAT
  • Be accepted into an eligible degree program and major at Kent State
  • Complete the TEACH Grant Counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) (see How to Apply section below)

*Due to the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant and its potential of turning into an unsubsidized Federal Direct Loan, we do not offer the TEACH Grant to new freshman.  Please contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 330-672-2972 if you are interested in having your eligibility be evaluated for receiving the TEACH Grant.

Documentation

You will need to confirm within 120 days of completing or ceasing to enroll in your teacher preparation program that you are fulfilling (or plan to fulfill) the terms and conditions of your service agreement. You must document your teaching service, and your documentation must be certified by the chief administrative officer at the school where you teach.

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Be enrolled and taking coursework in an eligible major at Kent State University
    Note: Students in an eligible major who meet the eligible criteria will be offered a TEACH Grant as part of their financial aid package and will need to complete the additional steps required below in order to receive the TEACH Grant funds. Students who are not interested in the TEACH Grant may decline the TEACH Grant on FlashLine. Students whose major is not listed above but wish to be reviewed for TEACH Grant eligibility must contact the Student Financial Aid office to self-identify.
  • Submit a decision regarding your offered TEACH Grant on FlashLine. Go online to Flashline.kent.edu. Go to the Student / Finances page; under the Financial Aid section, choose "Financial Aid Awards", select appropriate Aid Year from the dropdown box and "Submit". Click on the Accept Award Offer tab. You have the option to accept, decline or reduce your award on FlashLine. If you would like to change your option after you have submitted it, you must contact the Student Financial Aid office. Access our Guide to FlashLine if you are using the Classic FlashLine view on how to submit a decision TEACH Grant.
  • Complete the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling, and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) at the My TEACH Grant Web site each year. Students will not be permitted to complete the ATS until they have been awarded and accepted a TEACH Grant as part of their financial aid package at Kent State University.
  • Please note: Kent State University requires that the TEACH Grant has originated to the Department of Education prior to allowing students access to sign the ATS. The ATS for the upcoming academic year will not be available for students to complete until mid July. Please return to the My TEACH Grant website to complete your ATS in mid July to complete the ATS for the Fall and Spring semester(s). Students who are awarded a TEACH Grant for the summer may complete the ATS in early June. Students who accept their award after July must wait 3-5 days after accepting the TEACH Grant prior to completing the ATS at the My TEACH Grant website.
  • Students who aren't automatically awarded the TEACH Grant will be notified via their Kent email address if potentially eligible. These students will be required to first complete the TEACH Entrance Counseling requirement and then formally request to receive the grant online. You will receive a website where the request can be submitted via their email. The Student Financial Aid Office will then review the requests and determine the students eligibility. 

For more information about the TEACH Grant program at Kent State, contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (330) 672-2972 or finaid@kent.edu.