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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What is a TEACH Grant?

What is a Federal Student Aid PIN?

What if I do not have a Federal Student Aid PIN?

Are there special hardware and software requirements to complete TEACH Grant counseling or the Agreement to Serve (ATS)?

TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling

What is TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling?

How do I complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling?

Will I be able to save my TEACH Grant Counseling session and return at a later time to complete it?

Agreement to Serve (ATS)

What is a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)?

How do I complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS)?

What is a TEACH Grant?

The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years:

  • As a highly qualified teacher;

  • At a school or educational service agency (ESA) servicing low-income students;
  • and

  • In a high-need field.

The four years of teaching must be completed within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant. This teaching requirement is known as your TEACH Grant service obligation.

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What is a Federal Student Aid PIN?

A Federal Student Aid PIN is a 4-digit number that is used in combination with your Social Security Number, name, and date of birth to identify you as someone who has the right to access your own personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites, such as FAFSA on the Web.

The security of your PIN is important because it can be used to:

  • Electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents,

  • Access your personal records,
  • and

  • Make binding legal obligations.

If you don't have a Federal Student Aid PIN or you have forgotten yours, visit Federal Student Aid PIN Web site.

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What if I do not have a Federal Student Aid PIN?

You must use your Federal Student Aid PIN to complete your TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling and your Agreement to Serve (ATS). If you do not have a PIN, you may request one from the Federal Student Aid PIN Web site.

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Are there special hardware and software requirements to complete TEACH Grant counseling or the Agreement to Serve (ATS)?

Yes. Click on What You Need for more information.

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What is TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling?

TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant. You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year.

The counseling session consists of a TEACH Grant Overview and three additional sections that cover the following topics in detail:

  • Your TEACH Grant ATS
  • Your Service Obligation
  • Conversion of a TEACH Grant to a Loan.

Each section is followed by a section quiz.

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How do I complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling?

Click on What to Expect for more information.

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Will I be able to save my TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling session and return at a later time to complete it?

If you wish to visit another part of the TEACH Grant Web site you may do so, and your progress will be saved. However, if you leave the TEACH Grant Web site or click the LOGOUT button you will have to start over from the beginning of the process.

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What is a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)?

The TEACH Grant ATS is a legally binding document that:

  • Explains your TEACH Grant service obligation;

  • Explains the conditions under which your TEACH Grant may be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan;
  • and

  • Describes the repayment terms and conditions that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a loan.

You must sign a new ATS each year you receive a TEACH Grant. You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling for a year before you may complete an ATS for that year. For information on how to complete an ATS, click What to Expect.

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How do I complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS)?

Click on What to Expect for more information.

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Last updated/reviewed October 25, 2008

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