Up to $4,000 per year*For eligible Teacher Education undergraduate students
Please review eligibility requirements below
Application Deadline for the Spring 2015 Semester is:
Friday, January 16, 2015
All forms, materials, & meeting with a Financial Aid Counselor must be completed before this date.
Students who plan to teach may wish to consider the TEACH Grant. UW-Stout currently participates in the federal TEACH Grant program.
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 Stafford Loan) compounded from the time you receive the award.
According to some estimates, only 20% of the students who participate in the TEACH Grant Program will ultimately keep the funds as grants, while the rest will see the funds converted into loans with accumulated interest.
Amount of Grant
The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4000 per year ($16,000 total for an undergraduate program) 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 pro-rated and reduced (three-quarter time students may receive up to $3000; half-time students may receive up to $2000, and less-than-half time students may receive up to $1000).
*Please note: Due to Federal changes & guidelines, as of March 2013, the full distribution of TEACH Grant funds will be less than $4,000 per year. The exact reductions will vary and may change without notice. Your Financial Aid Award letter will detail the exact amount of the award at the time of your award distribution.
At UW-Stout, you must:
Be studying to teach in a "high needs" subject area (as listed below)
Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
Complete a FAFSA, 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 for each semester that you receive the TEACH Grant
Successfully pass your Benchmark I Interview in an eligible Education major
Undergraduate students are eligible only if they are pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Students pursuing a second undergraduate degree, graduate degree, or those in the fifth year (Graduate Certificate year) of the teaching degree are NOT eligible for the TEACH Grant at UW-Stout.
Due to federal guidelines, graduate students and students pursuing post-baccalaureate certification are not eligible to receive the TEACH Grant at UW-Stout.
Sign an Agreement to Serve and complete Entrance Counseling each year that you receive the TEACH Grant
Complete Entrance Counseling
Wisconsin High-Need Subject Areas offered at UW-Stout:
Grant recipients agree to teach for at least four (4) full years within eight (8) years of finishing their teacher preparation program, and to teach 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 loan, which you must repay with interest.
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay (service agreement) which will be available electronically on 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 Loan, with interest accrued from the date that 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 to a grant.
You will be required to complete counseling through the financial aid office each year that you accept a TEACH Grant. You will also be required to attend Exit Counseling when you graduate or leave school.
You will need to confirm within 120 days of completing 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.
This documentation will be sent from the U.S. Department of Education, not from UW-Stout.
Apply for the TEACH Grant
To apply or renew your TEACH Grant for the 2014-2015 academic year: