The TEACH Grant program provides funding for teachers who work in low-income schools teaching a high need content area. Because our program does not allow students to specialize in a content area, students completing the M.Ed. at ACU need to be currently teaching in a high need field at a low income school. This applies to all three of our emphasis tracks. Currently, the program awards students a $4,000 grant per year for a total of two years. The TEACH Grant is expected to be impacted by the sequester, so the grant amount may reduce over the next year. Students who use this grant must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve, which requires them to continue teaching a high need content area in a low income school for at least four academic years after graduation. Find out which schools in your area qualify as low-income. Identify whether you teach in one of your state’s identified high need content areas. To learn more about the TEACH Grant, please visit the Department of Education’s webpage.
Teacher (Stafford) Loan Forgiveness Program
The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program provides funding for teachers who work in low-income schools through the form of loan forgiveness. Students must take out loans to pay for their degree in order to qualify. Depending on what type of school they teach at (elementary or secondary) and the content area they teach, the federal government will forgive loans up to $17,500. Students who use this program must complete a Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application and agree to continue teaching in a low-income school for at least five academic years after graduation. Find out which schools in your area qualify as low-income. To learn more about the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit the Department of Education’s webpage.