TEACH grant suspension
Students who receive a TEACH Grant must commit to teaching four years in a high-need area in a school serving low-income students. If you receive a TEACH grant, you must complete this teaching obligatin within eight years of finishing your TEACH-eligible program. If you do not fulfill your teaching obligation within eight years, your TEACH grants will be converted to a federal direct unsubsidized loan, with accrued interest from the date your grants were disbursed. Approximately 80 percent of students who receive a TEACH grant will be unable to fulfill this obligation and will have their grants converted to loans.
You may be able to extend the eight-year deadline for completing your teaching service if you:
- enroll in a program of study eligible to receive the TEACH grant (e.g. you return to school for your master’s or additional certification.)
- receive a call or order to qualifying active duty status of more than 30 days.
- experience a condition covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), such as:
- birth and subsequent care of a child
- adoption of a child or provision of foster care
- caring for a spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
- you have a serious health condition
Requesting a suspension
- Apply in writing to the U.S. Department of Education within six months of completing or terminating enrollment in a TEACH Grant-eligible program.
- If you have already begun teaching service, apply in writing within six months of the date you stop teaching or no longer meet the teaching requirements.
- Be sure to include your home address and telephone number and any documents that will support your request.
Time period for suspensions
- A total of three years
- Granted in one-year increments
- Ends upon completion of qualifying military service
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