Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants at the University of Connecticut are available to students in selected teacher preparation programs within the Neag School of Education.
Students may receive up to $4,000 maximum per academic year, depending on their enrollment, up to a maximum of $16,000 for undergraduate students and $8,000 for graduate-level students. Due to sequestration required changes (related to Federal government budget regulations), the annual award amounts have been recently reduced to:
- $3,724 for awards disbursed from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017
- $3,728 for awards disbursed from October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016
- $3,708 for awards disbursed from October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015
- $3,964 for awards disbursed from October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014
While financial need is not required to receive a TEACH Grant, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine if they meet the basic student aid eligibility criteria to receive these funds. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative GPA 3.25 for each term or score above the 75th percentile on the SAT, ACT, or GRE to maintain their eligibility.
Student eligibility is limited to high-achieving students enrolled in the Neag School of Education at the Junior level and above majoring in specific high-need fields including:
- Bilingual education & English language acquisition
- Foreign languages
- Reading specialist
- Special Education
- Any other field identified as high-need in the state of CT during the academic year as included in the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing
The TEACH Grant application process includes the following steps:
- Student meets educational program and test score/GPA criteria noted above
- Eligibility confirmed by Neag School of Education and the Office of Student Financial Aid Services
- Student completes a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Student completes TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling AND Agreement to Serve
Students receiving the TEACH Grant must agree to satisfy the Agreement to Serve (ATS) criteria which includes teaching full-time for at least four years within eight years of completing their program at a Title I school serving low-income students in a specified subject area (mathematics, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special education, as a reading specialist, and other “high-need” fields). If the service agreement is not met, the grant must be repaid as an unsubsidized Direct Stafford Loan, with interest from the date(s) of first disbursement.
After receiving a TEACH Grant, students have the following obligations when they graduate/cease enrollment in an eligible program:
- Complete Exit Counseling via the National Student Loan Data System
- Certify commitment to participate via Fedloan Servicing
- Submit proof of employment and other necessary documentation to Fedloan Servicing