Clemson is now participating in the Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program effective for the 2016-2017 academic year.
The TEACH Grant is available to students who plan to begin a career in teaching and are enrolled in a Clemson approved major, completing coursework at the professional level of their education curriculum and meet the minimum GPA, testing and application requirements. Recipients must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a low-income school, as a highly-qualified teacher, and in a high-need field for at least four years within eight calendar years of leaving the program for which they received the TEACH Grant. Recipients that fail to complete the four years of qualified teaching service a within eight years of completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or otherwise fail to meet any other requirement of the grant, will have their Teach Grant converted into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Accrued and capitalized interest is effective from the date of the original grant disbursement. Once a Teach Grant converts to a loan, it is not reversible.
The Teach Grant provides up to $4,000.00 per academic year in grant assistance. The aggregate limit for undergraduates cannot exceed $16,000.00 and the aggregate limit for graduate students cannot exceed $8,000.00. If a student is eligible to receive the TEACH Grant, the student will be awarded an estimated amount that assumes full-time enrollment and is adjusted based on the current year sequester (required federal reductions). Example: For any 2016–17 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.9 percent ($276), resulting in a maximum award of $3,724. If a student enrolls less than full-time, the amount of the annual TEACH Grant that he or she receives will be adjusted accordingly.
Students must be degree seeking and in a major Clemson has approved as Teach Grant eligible. For 2016-17 and 2017-18, Clemson has approved the following majors as Teach Grant eligible based on the federal list provided by the Department of Education and the National List applicable to the state of South Carolina:
||Mathematics Teaching; Secondary Education (with emphasis in Mathematics)
||Secondary Education (with emphasis in English)
|Secondary Social Studies
||Secondary Education (with emphasis in Social Studies)
|Graduate-Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
|Middle Grades Math
|Middle Grades Science
|Middle Grades English
|Middle Grades Social Studies
To receive a TEACH Grant, students must meet the following criteria:
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year;
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student in an eligible Clemson major with a GPA of 3.25 or above;
- Undergraduates must be enrolled in the professional level of the education curriculum which requires a student to have earned at least 60 applicable credit hours and have passed or exempted the Praxis Core;
- Be taking coursework necessary to complete teacher certification in a high-need field;
- Annually, students must sign a new TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and complete a new Teach Grant Counseling;
- Each academic year, for consideration of TEACH Grant, submit the required application materials to Student Financial Aid. Submit the completed forms at least 30 days before the end of the term of enrollment for which the TEACH Grant funding is being requested;
- Complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling in your final term (30-60 days) before graduation.
Requirements for maintaining grant status after graduation
To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant after graduation, you must:
- Serve as a full-time teacher in a low-income school, as a highly-qualified teacher, and in a high-need field for at least four years within eight calendar years of leaving the program for which you received the TEACH Grant. For a listing of schools and teaching fields that qualify, visit the Nationwide List for the state in which you intend to teach.
- Write to the Secretary of Education (within 120 days of completing or otherwise leaving the program of study for which the TEACH Grant was received) to confirm:
- You are employed as a full-time teacher in accordance with the terms of the TEACH Grant; or
- You are not yet employed as a full-time teacher but intend to meet the terms of the TEACH Grant service agreement.
- Upon completion of each year of teaching service, submit documentation of that service in the form of a certification by a chief administrative officer of the school.
- Comply with all other terms, conditions, and requirements that the Secretary of Education deems necessary.
To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant with interest, you must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds; however, you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.
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 at https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.
Highly-Qualified, Full-Time Teacher
You must perform your teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, or, for special education teachers, in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. To find out if you meet the requirements to be considered "highly qualified," check with the Chief Administrative Officer at the school or educational service agency where you are teaching. 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.
High-Need Subject Areas
The Department of ED lists the following as high-need fields:
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Any other field listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
A field listed in the Nationwide List will satisfy a recipient's service obligation if:
- The field is designated by a state as high-need at the time the recipient begins qualifying teaching in that field in that state (even if that field subsequently loses its high-need designation for that state); or
- The recipient is teaching in the field during or after the 2010-2011 school year, and the field was considered high-need by the state in which the grant recipient is teaching during any award year the student received a TEACH Grant. (Even if the high-need field is no longer designated as high-need for that state when the grant recipient begins qualifying teaching service).
You can also learn more information about the Federal TEACH Grant online at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach#what-is-teach.