Participation FAQ

What commitments are scholars required to make?
Scholars must attend classes and successfully complete courses. In addition, scholars are expected to pay a portion of the cost of tuition and books and agree to remain in the sponsoring child care center or family child care home for at least one year following the completion of their contracts.

What are the maximum credits I can take per semester?
T.E.A.C.H can support scholars to enroll in 9-12 credits per semester and any additional class must be approval from a T.E.A.C.H supervisor.

Can I participate in the T.E.A.C.H program more than once?
T.E.A.C.H scholars can participate more than once in the program and we welcome scholars to continue participation till they reach their academic goals.

Does T.E.A.C.H help cover classes unrelated to early childhood education?
T.E.A.CH only supports recipients interested in the early childhood education field. Our focus is to provide opportunity to further leadership skills in the early childhood education field.

Are people who live in Rhode Island, but work in early childhood programs outside of Rhode Island, eligible for T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Rhode Island scholarship?
No, T.E.A.C.H Rhode Island can only support scholars who currently work in Rhode Island.

Is there a fee to apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship?
No. Currently the only financial responsibility the scholar has with T.E.A.C.H is the 5% shared cost for tuition.

Am I required to apply for financial aid?
All associate and bachelor’s degree recipients must apply for federal/state financial aid to be accepted into the program. T.E.A.C.H. Rhode Island is able to support scholars based on funding; therefore, we encourage scholars to apply to FASFA as a secondary resource if their eligibility were to change. Students can either apply at the financial aid office of their college/university or at www.fafsa.ed.gov.