||To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant with interest you must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.
You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law at http://www.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg107.html.
You must meet the state's definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.
High Need Field
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other teacher shortage areas documented as high-need by the Federal government, a State government, or a local education agency, approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing at the time you begin your teaching service.
Fort Hays State University considers the following programs to be TEACH Grant eligible as High Need subject areas:
- Undergraduate Teaching Programs in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space, Physics, Physical Science
- Graduate Programs in English as Second Language (ESOL), Special Education (SPED)--Gifted and Adaptive Tracks and Reading Specialist
More information about Fort Hays State University teacher education programs can be found by visiting the FHSU Department of Teacher Education site.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include elementary or secondary schools listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits. A school must be listed at the time service obligation begins.
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