The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4000 per year in grant assistance to students who agree to serve for at least four years as full-time “highly qualified” teachers in high-need fields in public or not-for-profit private elementary or secondary schools that serve low-income families.
We encourage students to be very familiar with the TEACH Grant Program before applying. TEACH Grant Fact Sheet
A TEACH Grant recipient who does not complete the required teaching service within 8 years of completing his or her academic program, subject to certain exceptions, MUST REPAY the TEACH Grant as a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest, accrued from the day the TEACH Grant was disbursed.
Designated High–Need Fields include:
- » Bilingual Education
- » English Language Acquisition
- » Foreign Language
- » Mathematics
- » Reading Specialist
- » Science
- » Special Education
- » Another field as documented as high-need by the Federal Government, a State
- » Government, or a Local Education Agency, and approved by the Secretary.
Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
Schools serving low income families.
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
- Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
- All students must complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS) each year they wish to apply for a TEACH Grant.
- Before the TEACH Grant will be disbursed, students must complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling EACH YEAR. Online Entrance Counseling sessions are available online at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action. Upon leaving the institution, exit counseling is also required. Online Exit Counseling sessions should be completed online at www.nslds.ed.gov.