Do you participate in the TEACH Grant Program? You may be prohibited from making further TEACH Grant disbursements after this current payment period unless you have taken one of two possible actions to continue your participation. You are in this situation if your teacher preparation programs are eligible for the TEACH Grant Program based on specialized accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) or National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Department of Education (ED) no longer recognizes these agencies as accreditors, effective September 22, 2016.
As a result of this loss of accreditation, an affected school may not make additional disbursements of TEACH Grants to students in its teacher preparation program after the current payment period has ended, without taking one of two specified actions. ED sent letters to the presidents of affected institutions on September 23. If you believe your institution may be affected, check with your president’s office to see that letter.
This action does not affect student eligibility for other Title IV programs (such as Pell Grant or Direct Loans) as long as the student’s academic program is included in other institution-wide accreditation.
TEAC and NCATE are, as has been planned, merging into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). However, ED has not yet recognized CAEP as an accreditor, and there is currently no projected date by which that action might be taken. There are currently no other specialized accreditors of teacher preparation programs that are recognized by ED.
Schools may continue to disburse TEACH Grant funds after the end of the current payment period to students enrolled in affected teacher preparation programs if the school notifies ED that it either:
Both of these options are further described in ED’s letter to presidents of affected schools. The requirements of institutional eligibility specific to the TEACH Grant Program based on state approval are in the program regulations at 686.2(d), definition of TEACH Grant-eligible institution. If provisional certification is chosen, one impact is that the school may not add any new programs or additional locations for Title IV purposes without approval from ED.
An affected school has 30 days from the date of the letter sent to its president to notify ED of its choice, or that it will withdraw from the TEACH Grant Program instead. An institution that changes the basis for its TEACH Grant eligibility must amend its e-App as well as notify ED using the form included with the letter to the school’s president.
Additional information may be obtained from your School Participation Division, or by sending an email to CaseTeams@ed.gov. NASFAA is seeking additional information about impacted programs from ED and is working with other groups regarding this issue.
Publication Date: 9/27/2016