Recipients will be required annually to document to the U.S. Department of Education compliance with the teaching requirement. Failure to do so will result in the grant being converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. The Chief Administrative Officer of the school where the recipient is employed will be required to document that the recipient continues to be eligible for grant status by meeting all of the following conditions:
- full time teaching status as a highly qualified teacher
- in a high need field
- at a low income school
Additional information on documentation requirements will be covered in the required TEACH Exit counseling.
It will be important to keep up with ALL requests for documentation. Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest.
Once a grant is converted to a loan it can’t be converted back to a grant!
Recipients who temporarily cease enrollment in an eligible program of study or if who encounter situations that affect the ability to begin or continue teaching, will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to assess their options.
Additional information on the TEACH program may be found on these sites:
Federal StudentAid TEACH site
Federal TEACH Grant FACT page
Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits
last updated March 10, 2010