TEACH Grant - Documentation and Appeals
- What type of documentation is required to prove I am fulfilling my service obligation?
Each TEACH Grant recipient must, upon completion of each of their 4 years teaching, provide the Secretary with evidence of that teaching service on a form that will be provided by the Department of Education. The form must be certified by the chief administrative officer from the school in which you are teaching and must confirm that for the year you were: A highly-qualified teacher; taught in a low-income school; and taught a majority of classes in a high-need field. Also a TEACH Grant recipient must confirm to the Secretary in writing each year that he or she has either begun employment as a full time teacher in accordance with the service agreement guidelines, or that he or she is not yet employed as a full time teacher, but intends to meet the requirements of the service agreement.
- What if my grant is converted into a loan and I feel that it should not have been?
The U.S. Department of Education has established the Student Loan Ombudsman’s Office to resolve problems between you and your school, lender or loan servicer. You may contact them by calling toll free (877) 557-2575 or visit their website at http://ombudsman.ed.gov.
- What if I am convicted of a felony while I am completing my teaching service?
A felony conviction may preclude you from completing your teaching obligation therefore your Grant will be converted into an Unsubsidized Federal Direct Stafford loan. You will be responsible for repaying this loan along with all accrued interest from the time your original TEACH grant was disbursed.