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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The closing date will be 8 weeks after the applications open. The estimated application window is December 9th through February 3rd.

  • Local education agencies (LEAs), intermediate school districts (ISDs), public school academies (PSAs). Individual educators are not eligible applicants.

  • All GYO Staff grants can pay for tuition at a Michigan approved educator preparation program (EPP) . GYO grants that partner with alternative route programming can pay for tuition, program fees and testing costs. GYO grants that partner with degree-granting institutions can pay for tuition, fees, testing costs, books, travel to and from coursework, substitute employee costs, and costs for 6-12th grade Explore programs.

  • GYO Staff funds can be used to add additional endorsements when an LEA, ISD, or PSA has demonstrated the need for the endorsement to meet staffing needs. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate the need for GYO funding as it relates to staffing needs.

  • Sec. 27b of the state budget specified funds for “support staff.” For the purposes of GYO Staff grants, support staff are any employed individual who is working in a school. Examples include: teacher’s aides, paraprofessionals, before and after school care workers, bus drivers, and substitute teachers. The employee does not have to be a full-time employee to qualify for funding.

  • Using MDE’s Directory of Educator Preparation Providers and Programs , interested applicants can see a list of qualifying endorsements. Any programs that lead to certifications classified with the type “teaching” are eligible. Programs with the type “Administrator” are not eligible. Programs with the type “CTE” should consult the CTE Teacher Recruitment and Retention grants.

  • Substitute teachers are considered support staff for the purposes of the GYO Staff grants.

  • Access MDE’s Directory of Educator Preparation Providers and Programs and click on the desired endorsement to see a list of institutions and alternative routes that are approved to offer each specific endorsement.

  • Yes. Applicants are welcome to partner with any EPP that will help their candidates to meet their staffing needs. For example: an applicant may want to partner with a specific EPP for employees who are seeking additional endorsements, but partner with a different EPP for candidates who are seeking initial certification.

  • Candidates cannot concurrently be receiving the MI Future Educator Fellowship or MI Future Educator Stipend while receiving certain GYO Staff grants. Candidates can, however, receive more than one GYO Staff grant. For example: a candidate might be enrolled in an alternative route program for their initial certification, but also enrolled in degree-granting program to earn their special education endorsement. Both sets of tuition expenses could be a part of the application on behalf of that candidate.

  • Yes. If these awards are not received concurrently, a candidate can qualify for more than one.

  • Budgeting for a program will require a general estimation of how much tuition and fees might increase across the time it takes a candidate to complete their program. Applicants are encouraged to use previous tuition increases for these estimations.

  • The pathway should be at no cost to the candidate. Budgeting should include tuition, fees, materials, books, transportation, and substitutes.

  • State funded grants will be reimbursed through state aid and federally funded grants will be reimbursed through NexSys.If awarded, grantees will be oriented to their funding source and financial monitoring obligations.

  • If your district is awarded a grant and you were part of the application, and you’ve paid tuition during the eligible window, your tuition would qualify for reimbursement.

  • Only public LEAs, ISDs, and PSAs can apply for the grant, but their educator preparation partner can be a public, independent, or alternative route program. If an LEA, ISD or PSA would like to apply on behalf of a non-public school (for a shared time teacher, for example), the applicant would need to serve as the fiscal agent.

  • They do not. In accordance with the legislated requirements, the program can have a certificate only pathway but there must also be a degree pathway for the program to qualify.

  • LEAs, ISDs, and PSAs are encouraged to develop local policies for the employees who participate in their programs. Once awarded, grantees will be able to reallocate funding to qualifying employees should their participating candidates change or move to new employers.

  • The GYO Staff grants are one of many opportunities for future educators in the FY23 state budget. You can see a full list by consulting the Future PME Grants website.