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Financial Aid

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Program Function

Pending availability of funds, financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals in the form of a stipend up to $5K to help pay for teacher certification costs, or a bonus of $10K to teach in a "high needs" school. Placement assistance and referral services are also available to help participants identify employment opportunities and teacher certification programs. Troops to Teachers State Support Offices have been established in over 25 states to assist participants with certification requirements and employment leads.
The Troops to Teachers Home Page provides information and resource links to help participants transition to a second career in public education. The Troops to Teachers Home page includes a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to State Departments of Education, model resumes, other job listing sites in public education, and other pertinent information.

Eligibility


Those interested in receiving financial aid must first meet the Troops to Teachers Eligibility Criteria. Those who meet the criteria and are interested in elementary or secondary teaching positions must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college. Those interested in teaching vocational subjects (e.g., electronics, automotive repair, construction trades, etc.) are required to have the equivalent of one year of college and six years of related experience.

Registration


Those interested in Troops to Teachers can contact the Texas Troops to Teachers Office for a registration form, or go to the DANTES Troops to Teachers page to register online.

Individuals on active duty may register for the Troops to Teachers program at any time. They will not be eligible to apply for funding or referral assistance until one year from retirement.


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G.I Bill Educational Benefits

Ask your university's Veterans Administration Benefits Counselor or your Alternative Certification Program Director if the program has been approved for the use of G.I. Bill Educational Benefits. Approved programs will have personnel to help you complete the required paperwork. See the GI Bill website for further information on your benefits in general.

To search for schools that are approved to train veterans, where you can use your GI Bill click here: Texas Veteran Comission Approved Schools and Employers.

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The Hazlewood Act

The state of Texas has its own educational benefit package. If you entered the active duty as a resident of Texas, you may qualify for this benefit under The Hazlewood Act. For additional military education information, you can also refer to the Texas Veterans Commission website.

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The Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program

Since 1965, the Hinson-Hazlewood College Student Loan Program has provided low-interest loans for students who are Texas residents and/or are eligible to pay in-state tuition. Three loan programs are under the Hinson-Hazlewood umbrella: the College Access Loan (CAL) Program, the Health Education Loan Program (HELP), and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP – Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford loans).

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TEACH Grant

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.

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Survivors' & Dependent's Educational Assistance Program (DEA)

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.

See more information on the GI Bill website

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Teach For Texas Loan Replacement Assistance Program

The purpose of the program is to recruit and retain certified classroom teachers in fields and communities having a shortage of teachers in Texas. Applications must be completed between April 15 and June 15 for teaching during the current academic year being completed. For more information, visit the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Note: Fax copies of the application will not be accepted.

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Western Governors University Troops to Teachers Scholarships

Western Governors University is offering supplemental $1,500 scholarships to students participating in Troops to Teachers and Spouse to Teachers programs managed through the Department of Education and Department of Defense by Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). Bachelor and master degree programs are offered by WGU’s Teachers College.
WGU will allow recipients to apply $300 of the scholarship money per six month term at WGU, renewable up to five terms. These scholarships will allow current or former military personnel to begin new careers, utilize their knowledge and experience in the classroom, and have a positive impact on our nation’s young people.
Getting a degree at WGU is convenient and accessible since WGU is a fully-accredited online university, which is competency-based. WGU students earn their degrees by demonstrating their competency and skills in various disciplines by taking a series of carefully designed assessments. Degrees are earned at the student’s own pace, at times and places that are convenient to them.

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