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Current T.E.A.C.H. Scholars

We are here to help mentor, coach, advise and be a cheerleader for scholarship recipients. If you have questions or would like to speak directly with one of the T.E.A.C.H. staff please call (303) 339-6800 or email Teach@qualistar.org.

Getting Started

  • Make sure you have read and understand the acceptance packet. This is an important first step for your education and professional development.
  • You MUST sign up for the College Opportunity Fund also called COF. This is free money for Colorado students. T.E.A.C.H. will only cover 90% of the cost of in-state tuition after COF. If you have questions about signing up for COF, give us a call. You can also check the College Opportunity Fund website for more information.
  • All other financial aid that you receive will be applied to your tuition before your T.E.A.C.H. scholarship.
  • If you are not considered a Colorado resident, you will be responsible for the financial difference between instate and out of state tuition.  If you are not sure about your resident status, please contact your college.
  • Online classes are a great option for students, but be aware that although T.E.A.C.H. does cover the cost of online classes, your portion could cost more than a regular class. Make sure that your director is aware of this before signing up for classes.
  • Please note with each application you must provide verification of income. At least two recent paystubs or other forms of income verification will need to be provided.
  • Colorado community colleges may require applicants to take the Accuplacer exam prior to registration.  Please contact the college if you have questions about Accuplacer testing.
  • PRIOR to registering for classes, you must enroll at a college or university, provide a student ID and notify T.E.A.C.H. what classes you are taking. This way we can authorize a third party payment for the class and you do not have to pay up front.
  • Please check your emails regularly. T.E.A.C.H. often uses emails to reach you with important updates. 

The First Class

  • Register for classes as soon as possible. ECE classes can fill up quickly and we want to make sure you get in the class(es) of your choice!
  • It might help to search for course books on Amazon.com or Half.com. Although there is a book reimbursement, students can save money initially by finding books (of the correct edition) on Amazon.com or a similar website. Please check the Qualistar.org website for other available discounts for books for T.E.A.C.H. recipients.  If you can provide copies of receipts, T.E.A.C.H. will reimburse for book rentals and online books, up to $35 per credit hour.

Grades

  • The college DOES NOT provide T.E.A.C.H. with a grade report. Make sure you send us your grades at the end of each semester. You may send in an unofficial transcript. Oftentimes, students send in a copy of their grade print-out available on their online college student account. Failure to do so will result in you having to reimburse T.E.A.C.H. for any payments made on your behalf and forfeit of your scholarship.
  • If a student fails a class that T.E.A.C.H. paid for, the student has the option to pay for a class on their own and pass with a C or higher, reimburse T.E.A.C.H. the cost of the class, or forfeit the scholarship. If the scholarship is forfeited, the student will be responsible for making up all funds paid on their behalf before he/she is eligible for T.E.A.C.H. in the future.

Books, Travel, and Sub/Release Reimbursement

  • Download the T.E.A.C.H. Book Reimbursement Form
  • Center directors, download the Paid Release Time form. (form instructions)
  • Turnaround time for reimbursement is usually within two weeks unless it is the start of a new semester, in which case it could take longer.
  • Make sure you include your receipts with reimbursement (for books) and that you sign the reimbursement form. This will ensure you receive your reimbursement without delay!
  • For a travel or internet reimbursement, simply write “Travel/Internet” on the reimbursement form with the amount allocated for your scholarship. T.E.A.C.H. does not reimburse by mileage, each scholarship has a specific amount designated for travel.
  • If all your classes are online, you may still claim a travel/internet reimbursement.

What Else?

  • Sometimes the college will send a bill to the student even if your T.E.A.C.H. scholarship has been authorized. Usually this is just how the college’s cashier’s office database works and is no cause for concern. 
  • Sometimes the college’s cashier’s office will place a “hold” on your account. This just means that they acknowledge the bill should be sent to us and not to you.
  • Keep in touch with T.E.A.C.H. if you have questions or concerns; we are here to listen. Sometimes an outside point of view can help you find the answer you need! We are here to support you throughout the entire process.
  • Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at T.E.A.C.H. Colorado Early Childhood.


If you have any questions at all regarding your scholarship, call the T.E.A.C.H. office!  We look forward to helping you reach your educational and professional goals!