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.
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
- Bilingual Education
- English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- 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.
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
- 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.