Students who plan to teach may wish to consider the TEACH Grant, a federal program that is new for 2008-2009. Austin Peay State University plans to participate in the TEACH Grant program.
Please be aware that if you receive the TEACH Grant but do not fulfill the stringent requirements of the program the amount awarded in grant money becomes a loan with interest (at the same rate as the federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan) compounded from the time of initial disbursement of the award.
According to some estimates, only 20% of students who participate in the TEACH Grant Program will ultimately keep the funds, while the rest see the funds converted into loans with accumulated interest. Please take time to meet with your academic advisor to ensure your commitment to education
The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4000 per year ($16,000 total for an undergraduate program, $8000 for graduate studies) in grants 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 (3/4 time students may receive up to $3000; 1/2 time students may receive up to $2000; and <1/2 time students may receive up to $1000). Review the following links for the department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc) and the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits (https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp).
Grant recipients agree to teach for at least four full years within eight years of finishing their teacher preparation program, and to teach in 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 Stafford Loan, which you must repay with interest incurred from the time of initial disbursement.
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (ATS agreement link will be available at a later date) which is completed electronically through the U.S. Department of Education web site. When you sign the service agreement, you are agreeing to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with the interest accruing from the date 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 into a grant. You are required to complete the ATS agreement once a year. You are also required to contact the U.S. Department of Education at least once a year after graduating or leaving school to verify your intent to teach.
You will be required to complete counseling through the College of Education each year that you accept a TEACH Grant. You will be required to complete Entrance counseling through the Office of Financial Aid each year that you accept a TEACH Grant. You will also be required to complete Exit Counseling through the Office of Financial Aid when you graduate or leave school.
Bilingual education and English language
Other identified teacher shortage areas (as listed in the Department of Education's Nationwide Listing of Teacher Shortage Areas - see link above).
At Austin Peay State University, you must
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Complete a FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible.
Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 throughout your academic program, or demonstrate a score above the 75th percentile on a national standardized college admissions test.
Sign a service agreement and complete counseling each year that you receive a grant
You will need to confirm with the U.S. Department of Education, within 120 days of graduating 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. It is your responsibility to communicate this information to the U.S. Department of Education. After 120 days of graduating or ceasing to enroll, if you have not provided necessary information concerning your service or intent to service, your TEACH Grant is converted into an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with a 6 month grace period before active repayment starts. Once the grant is converted into a loan, it cannot be converted back into a grant.
The Office of Financial Aid will immediately update the U.S. Department of Education's link to the ATS Agreement as well as counseling information for the College of Education and Financial Aid upon availability. Due to system updates, there may be a delay in posting awards. Periodically review this web site for updates.