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Xavier offers federal TEACH grants to undergraduate and graduate education students

Grants worth $4,000 per year support education students who teach in high-need schools

11/25/08

Xavier is one of 24 Ohio schools choosing to offer TEACH grants for 2008-2009. The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides federal grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who pledge to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school serving students from low-income families. The grants are also being offered at seven schools in Indiana and nine in Kentucky.

In return for the forgivable grant, recipients agree to serve as a full-time highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. High-need fields are bilingual education and English Language Acquisition, foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science and special education. The term “highly-qualified teacher” is defined in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Grantees must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which they receive a TEACH grant. If they do not complete this service obligation, the grants convert to an unsubsidized Stafford loan that must be repaid with interest to the Department of Education.

“This program provides an extra incentive for those who wish to teach, especially those who might not have considered these subject areas previously. Providing access to the best and brightest teachers requires an investment, and this program is one such investment, ” says Mark Meyers, Dean of Xavier’s College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education.

Complete details about the grant are available at the Department of Education's student aid web site. To apply at Xavier, please call 513-745-3142.