Last week, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new website and social media package designed to provide more centralized, accessible information on financial aid for students pursuing higher education. This website is designed to provide better, clearer access to the intricacies of student financial aid and to make it easier for students to fund their higher education using the best means available. This process has included revamping the Department of Education’s social media sites such as Facebook, Youtube and Twitter to provide students with easier means to navigate the federal financial aid programs.
In particular, this will make it easier to access information on the TEACH grant program, which provides up to $4,000 to students who are pursuing the coursework to needed to obtain a teaching degree. However, to receive this grant, you must be pursuing your degree to teach in a high need field – such as special education -- and agree to teach for four years after you graduate in a low-income area. Information on qualifying for the TEACH grant program can be found on the new Student Aid website. To begin the process to receive a grant, you must first contact your school to determine whether or not they participate in the program.