TEACH Grant Program
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $4,000 per year (may be less due to sequestration) to students who agree to serve as full-time teachers in a high-need field for four years in a public or private elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves students from low- income families. You must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. The terms and conditions of this teaching service obligation are explained in the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that you must sign before you receive TEACH Grant funds.
Who is Eligible for TEACH Grant?
Each of the following are required to be eligible for the TEACH Grant:
- You must meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs
- You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program
- You must meet certain academic achievement requirements:
- score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test (ACT or SAT) or
- achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
- You must be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible program (see a listing of eligible programs on the back of this form)
- You must teach in a school serving low-income students. To access the Directory of these schools, visit: tcli.ed.gov.
For more information, visit studentaid.ed.gov.
What steps are required before receiving a TEACH grant?
The steps below need to be completed each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
- Complete the FAFSA
- Visit studentloans.gov to complete the following:
- TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling (TEACH Grant counseling)
- Agreement to Serve (ATS)
- Complete the TEACH Grant Program Interest Form
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 (paid to you or on your behalf).