Federal TEACH Grant
The Teach Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program provides grants of up to $4000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.
As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach
- in a high-need field
- at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
- for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
Important: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.
Who can get a TEACH Grant?
To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:
- Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid program.
- Complete the FAFSA.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
- Be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible program.
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test (ACT) or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Received TEACH Grant counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
What is a TEACH Grant eligible program?
At TEACH Grant eligible program is a program of study that is designed to prepare you to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field and that leads to a bachelor's or master's degree, or is post baccalaureate program. Schools that participate in the TEACH Grant Program determine which of the programs they offer are TEACH Grant eligible. A program that is TEACH Grant eligible at one school might not be TEACH Grant eligible at another school.
What is a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve?
Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign an Agreement to Serve. The agreement explains the terms and conditions for receiving a TEACH Grant. By signing the Agreement to Serve, you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that if you do not fulfill the service obligations described in the agreement, the TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a loan that you must repay.
What are the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation?
- You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program(s) for which you received TEACH Grant funds.
- You must perform the teaching services as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school or educational service agency.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field
- You must provide the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.
- If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must repay this loan in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
What are high-need fields?
- bilingual education and English language acquisition,
- foreign language,
- reading specialist,
- special education,
- any other field that has been identified as a high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, ant that is included in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
If you plan to teach in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide List, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either at the time you begin you qualifying teaching service or at the time you received a TEACH Grant.
How can I identify schools or educational service agencies that serve low-income students?
Elementary and secondary schools (public and private) and educational service agencies serving low-income students are listed in the annual Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory. In addition, elementary or secondary schools operated by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) or operated on Indian reservations by Indian tribal groups under contract or grant with the BIE qualify as low-income schools.
For more information you can visit the TEACH Grant Frequently Asked Questions.