TEACH Grants: Helping to Make the Profession Affordable
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education issued a reminder that TEACH Grants are available to those who are interested in pursuing a career in education.
The TEACH Grant Program, which was created approximately 15 years ago, 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. A TEACH Grant-eligible program is a program of study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and that leads to a bachelor’s or master’s degree or is a post-baccalaureate program. A two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree is considered a program that leads to a bachelor’s degree.
A high-need field includes, but is not limited to, mathematics, science (including computer science), foreign language, special education; or any other field that has been identified as high-need in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
Unfortunately, many people find that teaching is not a financially feasible profession to pursue. However, AACTE is working with its allies and Congress to reverse that belief and TEACH Grants are a critical component of this effort.
AACTE urges you to explore your eligibility for these grants today.