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The Schock Financial Aid Office

TEACH Grant

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The Schock Financial Aid Office

Address:
25 University Avenue, Suite 030
West Chester, PA 19382


Phone: 610-436-2627
Fax: 610-436-2574
Email: Finaid@wcupa.edu


Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-4:30pm

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The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants to students who intend to teach high-need subjects in a designated high need schools that serves students from low-income families.

Conditions Financial Aid TV Icon: Videos

As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete your service obligation , all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, which will be charged accrued interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. TEACH Grant recipients will be given a six-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. For a 2013-2014 TEACH Grant a 2013-2014 FAFSA must be on file.
  2. U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Have and maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Transfer and Graduate students may be required to submit official transcripts.
  4. Be enrolled in an Eligible TEACH Grant Program of Study (Review the linked document).
  5. Participate in the required initial, subsequent, and exit counseling sessions throughout the life of the grant.
  6. Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE) as defined by the College of Education.

Formal Admission to Teacher Education is the written process that confirms a student's intent to peruse teacher certification at WCU in a teacher education program. The student must have earned a minimum of 48 credits at the college level to be granted FATE. Please note this requirement is only necessary if you are enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program. Please note this requirement is only necessary if you are enrolled in an eligible undergraduate program.

Eligible Programs of Study

Only students who satisfy the eligibility requirements above, who have been granted Formal Admission to Teacher Education (FATE) as defined by the College of Education may be considered for a TEACH grant at West Chester University.

Application Process

Students who meet the requirements above who are interested in participating in the program are required to complete the steps below. These steps must be completed each year the student wants to participate in the program.

  1. Complete the online TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling
  2. Submit the TEACH Grant Request Form to the Financial Aid Office
    Once steps 1 & 2 above have been completed and if students qualify for the program, they will receive an email communication to their WCU email account notifying them of their TEACH Grant eligibility and instructions on completing the last step.
  3. Complete the online TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Financial Aid TV Icon: Videos

Summer applicants are required to complete a separate Summer TEACH Grant Request Form and will be considered for the maximum amount of award eligibility remaining for that academic year. For example, if a student was to receive $2000 in the fall and $500 in the spring he/she would only qualify for a maximum of $1500 for the summer term for a total of a $4000 grant.

Award Amounts

Enrollment Status

Annual Amount

Term Amount

Award Amounts starting October 1, 2013
Full Time GR 9
$3,964
$1,982
Three Quarter Time
GR 7/8
$2,973
$1,487
Half Time GR 4.5-6
$1,982
$991
Less than Half Time Below 4.5
$991
$496
Award Amounts starting March 1, 2012 – October 1, 2013
Full Time
$3,760
$1,880
Three Quarter Time
$2,820
$1,410
Half Time
$1,880
$940
Less than Half Time
$940
$470
Award Amounts starting March 1, 2012 – October 1, 2013
Full Time
12+
9+
Three Quarter Time
9-11
7-8

Requirements of current TEACH Grant Recipients

  • All students are required to complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling after graduating or ceasing enrollment at West Chester University. TEACH Exit Counseling should be completed online at www.nslds.ed.gov.
  • Within 120 days of ceasing enrollment before completing the TEACH Grant Eligible program the student is required to notify Fedloan Servicing that he or she is employed as a full-time teacher performing qualifying teaching service, or that he or she is not yet employed but intends to satisfy the service obligation. FedLoan Servicing can be reached by logging into your account at MyFedLoan.org/TEACH
  • Students who are employed full time in a qualifying school and field are required to complete the required forms and provide supporting documentation on an annual basis in order to document their teaching service. MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.
  • Students can monitor their TEACH Grant status and potential interest accrued by logging into their TEACH Grant account via FedLoan Servicing at MyFedLoan.org/TEACH.

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