2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2021) 
    
    May 08, 2021  
2020–2021 Walden University Student Handbook (March 2021)

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


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The Federal TEACH Grant program is a non-need-based program that provides grants of up to $3,772* per year,* per sequestration, to graduate students enrolled in an eligible program, as defined by Walden University, and who intends to teach full time in high-need subject areas at schools that serve students from low-income families. Recipients of a Federal TEACH Grant must teach for at least 4 years within 8 years of completing the college program for which the Federal TEACH Grant was awarded (if a student ceases enrollment, they lose eligibility). Graduate students may receive up to 2 years of grant funding for a total of $8,000 in lifetime Federal TEACH Grant awards, assuming the program remains eligible for a Federal TEACH Grant. A student may not receive Federal TEACH Grant payments concurrently from more than one school.

The Federal TEACH Grant is only available to students in select education programs at Walden University. Students enrolled less than full time will have their Federal TEACH Grant offer reduced according to a schedule established by the U.S. Department of Education. The amount of the Federal TEACH Grant offered when combined with other student aid cannot exceed a student’s cost of attendance. Because total financial aid received must not exceed the cost of attendance, receiving a Federal TEACH Grant may reduce the recipient’s eligibility for other sources of financial aid. The Federal TEACH Grant cannot be denied if students reach their aggregate maximum on federal loans. This grant is not based on need and does not factor into their aggregate limit on federal loans.

If a student awarded a Federal TEACH Grant either (1) fails to complete the teaching service obligation, (2) ceases enrollment in an eligible program for which the Federal TEACH Grant was received, or (3) does not meet any other requirement as defined by the Department of Education, their Federal TEACH Grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan (Direct Unsubsidized Loan), with interest accrued from the date the grant was disbursed.

To maintain Federal TEACH Grant eligibility, Federal TEACH Grant recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher GPA at the ed of each semester. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of each semester is required if a student has prior work experience as a teacher.

It is the student’s responsibility to understand all requirements and rules for the Federal TEACH Grant Program. For more information, go to StudentAid.gov.

 

*Due to sequestration, for any 2020–2021 Federal TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021, the maximum offer of $4,000 is reduced by 5.70% ($228), resulting in a maximum offer of $3,772.

Federal TEACH Grant Student Eligibility

To receive a Federal TEACH Grant, students must meet the following criteria:

Current Program:

Current programs no longer eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant:

  • MS in Education with a specialization in one of the following:
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK–6)
  • Elementary Reading and Literacy (PreK–6) (accelerated)
  • Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6)
  • Elementary Reading and Mathematics (Grades K–6) (accelerated)
  • Mathematics (Grades K–6)
  • Mathematics (Grades 5–8)
  • Mathematics and Science (Grades K–8)
  • Science (Grades K–8)
  • Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12)
  • Special Education (Non-Licensure) (Grades K–12) (accelerated)
  • Teaching English Language Learners (Grades K–12)

†Walden University’s teacher preparation program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Teaching for licensure in Minnesota. Walden’s enrollment specialists can provide individuals with guidelines and other information about licensure. It remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with the out-of-state licensure requirements for the state in which they seek to be licensed.

Prospective Alabama students: Contact the Teacher Education and Certification Division of the Alabama State Department of Education at 1-334-353-8567 or www.alsde.edu to verify that these programs qualify for teacher certification, endorsement, and/or salary benefits.

Prospective Washington State students are advised to contact the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction at 1-360-725-6320 or prof.educ@k12.wa.us to determine whether Walden’s programs in the field of education are approved for teacher certification or endorsement in Washington State. Additionally, teachers are advised to contact their individual school district as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.

During college, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a degree-seeking student.
  • Take coursework necessary to complete teacher certification in a high-need field.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress.
    To maintain Federal TEACH Grant eligibility, Federal TEACH Grant recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher at the end of each semester. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of each semester is required if a student has prior work experience as a teacher.

In order to maintain grant status after graduation or otherwise ceasing enrollment in a grant-eligible program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling within 30 days of graduating.
  • 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 4 years within 8 calendar years of leaving the program for which the student received the Federal TEACH Grant. For a listing of schools and teaching fields that qualify, visit the Nationwide List for the state in which the student intends to teach.
  • Write to the Secretary of Education (within 120 days of completing or otherwise leaving the program of study for which the Federal TEACH Grant was received) confirming that the student is employed as a full-time teacher in accordance with the terms of the Federal TEACH Grant, or the student is 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 the 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 determines to be necessary.

To renew a student’s Federal TEACH Grant for the MAT program, submit the following:

Please note: Each of the above steps must be completed annually in order to receive the Federal TEACH Grant for an additional year.

General Eligibility and Requirements

Please note: If students are not already committed to teaching a high-need subject in a low-income school, please use caution when considering this possible source of funds. According to some estimates, only 20% of students who participate in the Federal 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.

TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Each year students receive a Federal TEACH Grant, they must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (service agreement) that is available electronically on StudentAid.gov. The TEACH Grant service agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded and the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by the student that they understand that if they do not meet the teaching service requirements they must repay the grant as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed.

Teaching Obligation

To avoid repaying the Federal TEACH Grant with interest students must be highly qualified, full-time teachers in a high-need subject area for at least 4 years at a school serving low-income students. Specific definitions of these terms are included in the sections below.

Students must complete the 4 years of teaching within 8 years of finishing the program (if a student ceases enrollment, they lose eligibility) for which they received the grant. Students incur a 4-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which they received Federal TEACH Grant funds; however, they may work off multiple 4-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.

Highly Qualified Teacher

Students must perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law. The definition can be found online.

Full-Time Teacher

Students must meet the state’s definition of a full-time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51%) of their 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
Schools Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

Documentation

Students must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if these are duplicate requests. These requests will be sent to students while they are still in school as well as once they are out of school. Students will be asked regularly to confirm that they either still intend to teach or that they are teaching as required. Students must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.

If students temporarily cease enrollment in their program of study, or if they encounter situations that affect their ability to begin or continue teaching and they want to avoid having the grant funds converted into a loan, they will need to contact the U.S. Department of Education to request a suspension of their teaching service obligation.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Failure to complete the teaching service obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document their teaching service or otherwise lose eligibility for the grant will cause the TEACH Grant funds received to be permanently converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest.

Please visit our frequently asked questions for additional information.

For more information on the rules and regulations regarding this grant, please visit StudentAid.gov.

For more information about Walden’s eligible programs or meeting the TEACH Grant conditions please email Walden’s certification officer at educlicensure@mail.waldenu.edu.

FedLoan Servicing monitors compliance with the requirements of the Federal TEACH Grant program. If a Federal TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, FedLoan Servicing will service your loan. FedLoan Servicing can be contacted at 1-855-499-9543 or https://myfedloan.org/.