Department of Education Implements Changes to TEACH Grant Program
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has implemented new changes to the TEACH Grant Program, the federal student aid grant program for students who study teaching and agree to spend four years working in high-need fields and underserved schools upon receiving a bachelor's degree.
Changes to the program increase flexibility and ease for grant recipients in areas including notifications for service obligation requirements and timelines, the certification process, and conversion of grants to loans. ED’s changes come as the Biden Administration pushes to enhance the TEACH Grant Program through the American Families Plan.
Under the American Families Plan, the amount of the TEACH Grant would double per year for juniors, seniors, and graduate students and the grade point average requirement would be removed. The American Families Plan would also expand the program to early childhood educators serving students from low-income backgrounds and increase the number of recipients by more than 50% in 2022.