Under the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress is processing legislation to offer additional grant funds to students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate
or certification in an eligible education program.
The information and amount provided is subject to change pending final regulations.
While enrolled at an eligible institution:
$4,000 per academic year - $16,000 undergraduate maximum - $8,000 graduate maximum
- Must complete the FAFSA and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Must sign AGREEMENT TO SERVE for each year the grant is received and will be available electronically on Department of ED website
- Must complete counseling - initial/subsequent (each year)/exit – method to be determined
- Grant is not need based aid
- Available for undergraduate or graduate
- Must maintain 3.25 cumulative GPA or score above the 75th percentile of national test scores
- Grant funds received cannot exceed cost of attendance
After graduation or no longer enrolled:
- Each agreement signed must be fulfilled by 4 years of service
- Applicant has 8 years to complete service
- Current high need fields are as follows:
- Bilingual education and English language acquisition
- Foreign language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- A field documented as high need or ‘shortage subject area’ by the Federal Government, a State government, or an LEA and approved by the Department of Education.
For years of service to qualify:
- must teach in a high need subject and low income area after graduation.
- must teach full-time and be certified as a highly qualified teacher
- must self report teaching service after each year completed
- subject to be taught must be high need subject and low income area at the time applicant begins teaching service (if a subject is removed from high need during service or institution is no longer considered to be a low income area, service still counts toward requirements if teacher continues at that institution)
Please note: If you do not complete service requirement, grant funds will revert to an unsubsidized loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant was disbursed.
Eligible Majors at USC Upstate (for undergraduates) (your declared major must be entered within the USC Upstate system).
- Secondary Math Education
- Secondary Science Education
- Spanish Education
- Special Education (undergraduate and graduate)
- Middle Grades Education (Math and Science emphasis only)
Steps to Apply
- Complete the Agreement To Serve (this process usually takes 24 - 48 hours). Initial counseling is now a partof the Agreement to Serve (ATS) process.
- You must have scored in the 75th percentile on any given battery of a standardized test.
USC Upstate receives your standardized test scores but not the percentile. You may access your SAT information through the College Board website at www.collegeboard.com. If your account is inactive or archived you may need to contact College Board directly at 1.866.756.7346. The actual scores/rank must be on letterhead from College Board and may not be taken orally or written on a separate form.
You may access your ACT information by logging into http://www.actstudent.org/index.html. If your account is inactive or archived you may need to contact ACT directly at 319.337.1270. The actual scores/rank must be on letterhead from ACT and may not be taken orally or written on a separate form.
You may be required to pay a charge for this information.
If you did not meet this requirement, you may still be eligible, but you will be required to maintain a 3.25 minimum GPA.
- Once you have completed steps 1-3 above, call the financial aid office to schedule an appointment. You must bring the documentation regarding the 75th percentile with you.