- The TEACH Grant Program provides grant assistance to students who agree to serve 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 as designated in the signed Agreement to Serve, 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 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 here. Upon leaving the institution, exit counseling is also required. Online Exit Counseling sessions should be completed online at www.studentloans.gov.