Frequently Asked Questions
T.E.A.C.H Scholarship Recipient FAQ
T.E.A.C.H. is not able to issue book vouchers. For scholarships that include book reimbursement, T.E.A.C.H. will reimburse the purchaser for 90% of required textbook costs once a Form B is submitted with detailed book receipts. You may purchase or rent your textbooks from any retailer. T.E.A.C.H. cannot reimburse for borrowed books, or books purchased from an individual. T.E.A.C.H. also cannot reimburse books that were purchased using a PELL Grant. If student loans are used, you must provide proof of loan disbursement with your book receipts.
T.E.A.C.H Scholarship Sponsor FAQ
The average cost of 10% of tuition, fees and books for a student on an Associates Degree scholarship is $120 for 6 credits each semester. But don’t write that check yet! For sponsors of employees working 30 or more hours per week, we will issue a release time reimbursement of $528 (3 hours x $11/hour x 16 weeks) to help cover the cost of providing paid release time each semester. This would bring the sponsor balance to $-408, or a check back for $408. If the sponsor is eligible for a Star Rating Stipend, an additional $150 credit would be applied, bringing that check total to $558 each semester.
The average cost of 10% of tuition, fees and books for a student on a Bachelor’s Degree scholarship is $210 for 6 credits each semester. But don’t write that check yet! For sponsors of employees working 30 or more hours per week, we will issue a release time reimbursement of $528 (3 hours x $11/hour x 16 weeks) to help cover the cost of providing paid release time each semester. This would bring the sponsor balance to $-318, or a check back for $318. If the sponsor is eligible for a Star Rating Stipend, an additional $150 credit would be applied, bringing that check total to $468 each semester.
**These cost estimates are based on AVERAGE tuition rates for Associate and Bachelor level courses. They are in not a guarantee of an expected dollar amount**
An essential component of most T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® scholarships is paid release time. Because most T.E.A.C.H. scholarship recipients work full time and often have children or families of their own, paid release time helps them balance the responsibilities of going to school with their work and family obligations. Paid release time is only for employees working 30 or more hours each week and eligibility is determined at the time of scholarship acceptance. Employees requiring release time during their regularly scheduled work hours are eligible for up to 3 hours of release time each week their classes meet and should be paid for that time at their regular rate by their employer. T.E.A.C.H. will reimburse the employer for 3 hours each week of the semester at a rate of $11.00 per hour once the hours taken have been verified by the employee and employer.
As a sponsor or potential sponsor, you may recognize the importance of paid release time, but you also may be challenged with how to balance this requirement with your need for full staffing in your programs. Below are some creative solutions that can help with the struggle of providing paid release time and increase the likelihood that your teachers are successful in school.
Offer release time during rest time so scholarship recipients can study or use the center’s computer for papers and class projects.
Schedule release time at a time when teacher:child ratios go down. Scholarship recipients can leave work early with pay and, if necessary, other qualified staff can substitute.
Allow scholarship recipients to come in late or leave early while receiving usual pay.
Pay scholarship recipients for their lunch breaks. But remember, recipients cannot work over 40 hours without overtime pay.
Hire a substitute to specifically cover T.E.A.C.H. recipients’ leave time. This usually works best for centers that sponsor several employees.
Bank leave time and give scholarship recipients a whole day off before a major test, or give them half days off so it is easier to bring in a substitute.
Use release time reimbursements to help with other T.E.A.C.H. related costs. Center reimbursements can be used to help pay for a compensation raise or bonus
Remember: Sponsors have complete flexibility for how release time is managed within their early childhood setting. But under no circumstances should providing release time be done at the detriment of maintaining appropriate teacher:child ratios. Don’t forget you can always contact your T.E.A.C.H. Counselor to discuss release time strategies. Your program may qualify for a Release Time waiver if the scholarship recipient has voluntarily waived their right to release time.