Federal Grants for Undergraduate Students

Please Note: Wheelock College and Boston University have reached an agreement to merge as of June 1, 2018. The merger will form the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (WCEHD) at Boston University, where programs in early childhood and K-12 education will be offered.

Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Awards for 2015-2016 academic year ranged from $626 to $5,775. Award amounts are based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as derived from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To qualify for a Pell grant, students must have an EFC ranging from $0-$5,198.  Students who meet the eligibility requirements for the program will automatically be awarded the Pell Grant.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are awarded to students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree and demonstrate exceptional financial need. Priority is given to students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant and who submit the appropriate financial aid applications by the Wheelock priority filing deadlines.

TEACH Grant Program
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides federal grants of up to $3,964 per year, for a maximum of $15,856, if first disbursed on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016. If disbursed after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017 the TEACH grant provides funds up to $3,728. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you 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. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed and will need to pay back interest as well as accruing interest the rest of your repayment period.

To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 credits each quarter - award amounts are prorated for less than 12 credits of enrollment.
  • You must be enrolled in a designated high need field when you receive the grant. NOTE: Wheelock undergraduate students must be enrolled as a Special Education professional major in order to qualify 
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Additional Links

For more information about the TEACH grant, visit the Federal website.

For more information about schools serving low-income students go to the Teacher Cancellation Low Income website and click on the search button.

For more information about the Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing go to the Teacher Shortage Areas website.

If you have any questions please contact the Wheelock College Financial Aid Office at 617-879-2443 or email us finaid@wheelock.edu.

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