State grants are excellent resources to help you fund your education. They are awarded annually to qualified students based on the state where they reside. Arizona state grant information is below. For information regarding state grant options outside of Arizona, contact your state’s department of education. For information regarding GCU scholarships, visit our Additional Scholarships and Grants page.
AZ Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)
The Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) program establishes a federal-state partnership to provide financial assistance in the form of grants to students who have demonstrated financial need. Federal funds are provided to match appropriated state funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Each participating institution, public or private, provides institutional matching funds, which are equal to the amount of funds provided by the state for the LEAP program. Funds are dependent upon federal approval and may not be available for certain award years.
Arizona Teacher Student Loan Program
The Arizona Teacher Student Loan Program is a need-based forgivable loan designed to financially support and encourage college students who are Arizona residents to enter into the teaching profession and teach in Arizona. Students must enter into an agreement with the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) to teach in an Arizona public school for a term equal to the number of years the loan is received plus one year. Additionally, students must sign a promissory note acknowledging the conditions of the forgivable loan and promising to repay the loan plus interest if the teaching obligation is not met. The financial aid office at GCU must certify that the student meets the minimum qualifications for the program. Loans are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis.
The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides grant funds to postsecondary students who are completing coursework that is needed for a career in teaching and who agree to serve for at least four years.
You must serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and in a school serving low-income students after leaving school.
If you receive a TEACH Grant, but do not complete the required four years of teaching service within eight years after completing the coursework for which you received the grant, or if you otherwise do not meet the requirements of the TEACH Grant program, all TEACH Grant funds that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay in full with interest to the 42 Department of Education. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.
TEACH Grant Service Agreement
Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and Promise to Pay that is available electronically on the Department of Education website. The Agreement to Serve states the conditions under which the grant will be awarded and the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements, you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are awarded to eligible undergraduate students pursuing their first bachelor's degree who demonstrate significant financial need. These funds do not have to be repaid. You are no longer eligible for the Pell Grant if you have already earned your first bachelor’s degree.
To determine eligibility, the U.S. Department of Education uses a standard formula established by Congress to evaluate the information reported on the FAFSA. The formula produces an EFC figure. This figure, along with your enrollment status, is used by the Office of Financial Aid to determine the amount of funds to be awarded. Based on a legislation passed by Congress, effective in 2012, you are now limited to a maximum lifetime Pell Grant limit of the equivalent of 12 full-time semesters of eligibility.
As the federal award changes each year, please check with your student service counselor for current award maximums.
Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)
The Federal SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant)1 is awarded to you if you have financial need and meet the same federal general eligibility requirements as that of a Pell recipient. Students with the lowest EFCs who also receive Pell Grants for the award year have primary consideration for this grant. As funds are limited, the selection process is completed on a first-come, first-served basis. As this is a grant, funds do not need to be repaid. The normal award is $1,000 per award year.
1.As the GCU Office of Financial Aid becomes aware of outside scholarship opportunities, we will post them here. Although we screen these listings to eliminate any offers that do not appear to be legitimate, inclusion in this list does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. You should review all scholarship information carefully, especially before submitting an application fee of any kind.