FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

TEACH PROGRAM

ALERT!  All TEACH Grants first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6.0 percent as a result of the federal sequestration.  To learn more about the impact of the sequestration on federal student aid, visit the Federal Student Aid's website or view this handout.
 

What is a TEACH Grant?  top

The U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education  (TEACH) Grant  Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

  • in a high-need field
  • as a highly qualified teacher
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four (4) complete academic years within eight (8) years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
 

Consequences of Not Fulfilling the Service Obligation  top 

If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted into a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf).   If you receive a TEACH Grant for an undergraduate program and later return to school and receive another TEACH Grant for a graduate program, you will have a separate 4-year service obligation for each program. 

 

Who Can Receive a TEACH Grant?  top

  To receive a TEACH Grant, students must meet ALL of the following requirements:
  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year the student plans to use TEACH funds.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student pursuing their first bachelor's degree or as a graduate student at Buffalo State.
    • Students in a second bachelor's degree or in a post-baccalaureate program are not eligible.
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
  • Complete TEACH Grant Counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS).  You must complete a new Agreement to Serve each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
 

How Much Can I Receive in TEACH Funds?  top

Due to the federal sequestration, all TEACH funds disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6.0%. Please refer to the "With Sequestration" amounts below until the sequestration has been lifted by the federal government.

ANNUAL TEACH GRANT LIMITS
Without Sequestration With Sequestration
Enrollment Status Per Semester 2 Semesters Per Semester 2 Semesters
Full-Time (12+ credits) $2,000 $4,000 $1,880 $3,760
Three-Quarter Time (9-11 cr) $1,500 $3,000 $1,410 $2,820
Half-Time (6-8 cr) $1,000 $2,000 $940 $1,880
Less than half-time (1-5 cr) $500 $1,000 $470 $940


Lifetime TEACH Limits
Student Level Limit
Undergraduate (1st bachelor's) $16,000
Graduate $8,000
      

Where Can I find more information?  top

 

TEACH Grant Eligible Programs at Buffalo State  top

 

The following degree/major combinations are TEACH-eligible.

  
Degree    Degree Description
BA Bachelor of Arts
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts
BS Bachelor of Science
BSED Bachelor of Science in Education
MPS Master of Professional Studies
MSED Master of Science in Education
MUSB Music Bachelor


Major Code    Major Description
AED Art Education K-12
BGS Biology 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12
BGX Biology 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12
BIO Biology (concentration must be in AQB, BIT, or INB)
BIS Biology 7-12
BXE Teaching Bilingual Exceptional
CFR Childhood Education and French
CGS Chemistry 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12
CGX Chemistry 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12
CHE Chemistry (concentration must be in BIC or CHE)
CHS Chemistry 7-12
CIT Childhood Education and Italia
CMT Childhood Education and Mathem
CSH Childhood Education and Spanis
CTE Career & Technical Education
EAS Earth Science (concentration must be in ARS, EAS, EES, or GEO)
EGS Earth Scien 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12
EGX Earth Scien 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12
EMA Elementary Educ PreK-6 & Mathe
ENS English 7-12
ERS Earth Science 7-12
ERX Earth Science 5-12
EXA Elementary Educ PreK-6 & Mathe
EXC Special Education: Early Child
EXD Exceptional Education
EXE Teachers of Exceptional Educ &
EXS Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12
FRS French 7-12
GEO Geology
LBT Literacy Specialist, Birth-12
LTB Literacy Specialist, Birth-6
LTS Literacy Specialist, 5-12
MTS Mathematics 7-12
MTX Mathematics 5-12
MUE Music Education
PGS Physics 7-12, Gen Sci 7-12
PGX Physics 5-12, Gen Sci 7-12
PHA Physics Education 7-12, Altern
PHS Physics Education 7-12
PHY Physics (BA or BS)
SPS Spanish 7-12
XBI Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Biology
XCE Special Education: Childhood E
XCH Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Chemistry
XED Exception Education
XEN Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 English Language Arts
XES Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Earth Sci
XFR Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 French
XGE Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 German
XGR Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Greek
XHE Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Hebrew
XIT Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Italian
XJA Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Japanese
XLA Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Latin
XMA Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Mandarin
XMT Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Mathematics
XPH Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Physics
XSO Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Social Studies
XSP Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Spanish
XUR Students w/ Disabilities Generalist 7-12 and 7-12 Urdu