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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program

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Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education.


Announcement of implementation of certain sections of the TEACH Grant program final regulations.


The Secretary announces the Department of Education's (Department) implementation of certain sections of the TEACH Grant program final regulations.


See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document for information about implementation dates.

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For further information contact Sophia McArdle, Ph.D. at (202) 453-6318 or by email at:

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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The Department published final regulations for the TEACH Grant program in the Federal Register on August 14, 2020 (85 FR 49798), and provided that the final regulations would be effective July 1, 2021. Pursuant to section 482(c) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), the Department designated the changes to 34 CFR part 686 for early implementation beginning on August 14, 2020, at the discretion of each institution or agency, as appropriate. The Department further indicated that it would implement the regulations as soon as possible after the implementation date and would publish a separate notification announcing the timing of the implementation. Otherwise, the final regulations would be effective July 1, 2021.


Pursuant to the final regulations, the Department announces that as of July 1, 2021, the following are available to implement the changes to 34 CFR part 686:


  • Updated Agreement to Serve or Repay
  • TEACH Grant Certification of Qualifying Teaching
  • TEACH Grant Service Obligation Suspension Request: Enrollment in a Qualifying Program or Completing Teacher Licensure Requirements
  • TEACH Grant Service Obligation Suspension Request: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Condition
  • TEACH Grant Service Obligation Suspension Request: Military Spouse
  • TEACH Grant Service Obligation Suspension Request: Residing or Being Employed in a Federally Declared Major Disaster Area
  • TEACH Grant Service Obligation Suspension/Discharge Request: Military Service


  • An annual notice to TEACH Grant recipients provided by the Secretary that contains the information required in § 686.43(a)(2)
  • A notice of the date by which a TEACH Grant recipient must submit documentation showing that the recipient is satisfying the obligation on or about 90 days before the date that a grant recipient's TEACH Grants would be converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  • A notice to a TEACH Grant recipient of a conversion of a TEACH Grant to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Counseling materials

  • Updated online initial, subsequent, and exit counseling
  • Conversion counseling

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Michelle Asha Cooper,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education.

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[FR Doc. 2021-14359 Filed 7-7-21; 8:45 am]