GRANT FUNDS  

  (Award Amounts/Academic Year 2013-2014)

  • Federal Pell Grant
    $605 - $5,645                                      

    The Pell grant is federally-funded gift aid and is based on a student's financial need as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

     Eligibility Requirements:

    • Financial Need
    • Undergraduate student working on first bachelor's degree
    • Enrollment in a degree or certificate program
    • Must not be incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

    $200 - $400

    The FSEOG is federally-funded gift aid and is based on a student's financial need as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

     Eligibility Requirements:

    • Pell grant recipient
    • Undergraduate student working on first bachelor's degree
    • Enrollment in a degree or certificate program
    • FAFSA must be submitted by priority deadline of March 1st
  • Kansas Comprehensive Grant
    $100 - $1,100

    The Kansas Comprehensive Grant is state-funded gift aid and is based on a student's financial need as determined by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

     Eligibility Requirements:

    • Kansas resident
    • Undergraduate student working on first bachelor's degree
    • Full-time enrollment in a degree or certificate program
    • FAFSA must be submitted by priority deadline of April 1st
  • TEACH Grant - Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education

    Up to $4,000

    The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 created the new Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant.  This program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years, at schools that serve students from low-income families.

    • Undergraduate study: up to $4,000 per year for first baccalaureate, to a maximum of $16,000
    • Post-baccalaureate study: up to $4,000 per year for first post-baccalaureate teacher certification program, up to remaining balance of undergraduate maximum
    • Graduate study: up to $4,000 per year for a Master's degree, to a maximum of $8,000

     

    If you fail to complete the 4-year teaching obligation within 8 years of completing or ceasing your program of study, you will have to repay the grant with interest.

    • TEACH Eligibility Requirements

      To receive a TEACH Grant you must:

      • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need as with most other federal programs.
      • Meet the general eligibility requirements for federal student aid.
      • Be fully admitted to the Pittsburg State University (PSU) College of Education.
      • Be enrolled in a program of study designated as TEACH Grant-eligible. Eligible programs are those that prepare a student to teach in a high-need area. For example, a bachelor's program with a math education major could qualify for a student who intends to be a math teacher. See high-need field section below for majors specific to PSU.
      • Complete TEACH Grant counseling at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action.
      • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action and respond to requests by the U.S. Department of Education confirming your continuing intention to meet the teaching obligation.
      • For undergraduate programs, meet the following academic achievement requirement:
      • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) through the most recent payment period on your college coursework to receive a grant for each subsequent term.
      • For graduate programs, one of the following academic standards:
      • Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to receive a grant in the first term; or
      • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) through the most recent term in the Master's degree program for subsequent payments; or
      • Be a current teacher or be a retiree from another occupation with expertise in a high-need field, enrolled in a Master's degree program; or
      • Be a former teacher pursuing an alternative route to certification within a Master's degree program.
    • TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

      Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must complete TEACH Grant counseling; and you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that will be available electronically on a Department of Education Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements, you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were first disbursed.

    • Teaching Obligation

      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, or ceasing enrollment, in 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. Specific definitions of these terms are included below.

    • Highly-Qualified Teacher

      You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law at  

      http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherqual/hqtplans/index.html.

       

    • Full-Time Teacher

      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 may not be able to fulfill their service agreement.

    • High-Need Field
      • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
      • Foreign Language
      • Mathematics
      • Reading Specialist
      • Science
      • 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 (http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html) at the time you begin your teaching service.

       

      Pittsburg State University considers the following programs to be TEACH Grant eligible as high-need subject areas: 

      • Undergraduate teaching programs in English as Second Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Modern Language, Special Education; and
      • Graduate Programs in English as Second Language (ESOL), Special Education, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics (secondary teaching), Physics, Reading Specialist, or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

       More information about Pittsburg State University teacher education programs can be found at http://www.pittstate.edu/academics/education/.

    • 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 at https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp. A school must be listed at the time the service obligation begins.

    • Documentation

      You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school, as well as once you are out of school. You will be asked regularly to confirm that you either still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.


      If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to stay in touch with the U.S. Department of Education to avoid your grants being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.

    • IMPORTANT REMINDER

      Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest. Once a grant is converted to a loan it cannot be converted back to a grant.

    • FOR MORE INFORMATION

      For more information about the requirements associated with a TEACH Grant, see http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp.

      For academic advising assistance regarding eligible PSU teacher programs, contact:

       

      Dr. Jean Dockers

      College of Education

      110 Hughes Hall

      620-235-4636 (phone)

      jdockers@pittstate.edu (email)

       

       

      For more information about awarding, payment and terms of a TEACH Grant at Pittsburg State University, contact a Financial Aid Counselor at the OSFA.

       

       

      Office of Student Financial Assistance

       103 Horace Mann

      Phone:        (620) 235-4240

       203 East Cleveland

      Toll Free:    1-800-854-PITT (7488)

       Pittsburg, KS   66762

      Fax:             (620) 235-4078

       Title IV Federal Code 001926

      Email:          finad@pittstate.edu