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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 23, 2008

MENDOCINO COLLEGE, 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

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File: – Teaching Grant

TEACH Grant to help prospective teachers

Ukiah, CA – Students that want to pursue a profession in teaching will now have an additional incentive to do so.
    Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
    The first TEACH grants will be awarded to eligible students for the 2008-2009 school year. In addition, teachers, retirees from another occupation with expertise in a field in which there is a shortage of teachers, or current or former teachers using a high-quality alternative certification route are eligible to receive TEACH Grants to obtain a graduate degree. Students who are interested in applying for the grant must complete the 2008-09 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may apply on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov or come by the Mendocino College Financial Aid Office for help with the application.
    To receive a TEACH Grant, individuals must agree to serve as a full-time 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.
    Recipients of the grant must sign a contract with the Department of Education to teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which they received a TEACH Grant.
    However, if an individual fails to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grant that were received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and must be repaid to the U.S. Department of Education. Individuals will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.
    To qualify for the TEACH Grant, students need to be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen, be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program and be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Also, students must meet certain academic achievement requirements, such as maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
    “Mendocino College is one of a handful of community colleges in California that will participate in the program in its first year. Although we are concerned about the fact that the grant becomes an unsubsidized loan if they do not teach, we feel it is up to the students to make the decision and they should have options to make an informed decision,” Mendocino College Assistant Dean of Financial Aid / EOPS Jacqueline Bradley said.
    For additional information regarding the TEACH Grant, contact the Mendocino College Financial Aid Office at (707) 468-3110.
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Created: April 24, 2008 @ 11:34 AM
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