Hollins University is pleased to announce our participation in the Federal TEACH Grant Program beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. This non-need based award provides up to $4,000 in grant funding per year to students who plan to become teachers, and meet the requirements. The grant is available for students who are enrolled full time or part time in the M.A.T. program, but part-time students will have their awards prorated. Students accepted into our M.A.T. program who would like to apply for the Federal TEACH Grant should complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov and notify the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance of their interest in the award.
As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to teach full time in a high-need field for at least four academic years at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves low-income families. Grant recipients must complete their required four years of teaching within eight years of completing, or ceasing to be enrolled in, their program of study. If that service obligation isn’t met, TEACH Grant funds convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford student loan that must be repaid. Interest on that loan accrues as of the date the TEACH Grant funds were disbursed.
The Federal TEACH Grant requires that students have and maintain a 3.25 grade point average. Grant recipients must also complete online entrance counseling and an Agreement to Serve form each year before grant funds can be disbursed. Exit counseling must be completed within 30 days of when a student graduates or withdraws.
Examples of current high-need fields are:
- Special Education
- Foreign Language
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Reading Specialist
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time recipients receive the grant or they begin teaching in that field (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc)
For more information about the Federal TEACH Grant program and schools and agencies that serve low-income students, high-need fields, and teacher shortage areas, please review these websites: