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
  • 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.



To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve


To Apply:

  1. All students must complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS) each year they wish to apply for a TEACH Grant.
  2. 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.