Federal TEACH Grant Information
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a merit-based Federal Title IV program designed to encourage highly qualified teachers to serve in low-income schools in high-need fields.
Amount of Grant
The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year ($16,000 total for undergraduate studies and $8,000 total for graduate studies) in grants to students who plan to teach full-time in high-need subject areas at schools that serve students from low-income families. Half-time students can receive up to $2,000 per year; less than half-time students can receive up to $1,000 per year.
Please note the following: On Friday April 26, the Department of Education (ED) announced a change in the TEACH reduction due to sequestration. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has now determined that a TEACH Grant award with a first disbursement after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 7.1 percent (previously the reduced amount was 12.6 percent).
The TEACH Grant Program is available for undergraduate and graduate students, students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program and current teachers. To be eligible for the program, each year students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), sign the Agreement to Serve and possess a minimum 3.25 GPA. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement may also qualify if they scored above the 75th percentile on one of the batteries in a school admission test.
In exchange for TEACH Grant funding, recipients sign an Agreement to Serve committing to:
- Serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher* (see definition below) for at least 4 academic years within 8 years of completing the academic program
- Teach within certain high-need fields (Mathematics, Science, a Critical Foreign Language, Bilingual Education, English Language Acquisition, Special Education, Reading Specialist or another field as defined by the state education agency)
- Teach at an eligible school
*Highly qualified teacher - According to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a teacher who has obtained full state teacher certification or has passed the state teacher licensing examination and holds a license to teach in the state; holds a minimum of a bachelor's degree; and has demonstrated subject area competence in each of the academic subjects in which the teacher teaches.
Failure to fulfill the program requirements will result in the grant converting to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan at 6.8% interest, which begins from the time the funds were initially awarded. The Department of Education predicts that 80% of the funds awarded will convert to loans. Once converted to a loan, the funds cannot be converted back to a grant.
Additional TEACH Grant Resources:
-U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant Website
-TEACH Grant Fact Sheet
-High Need Fields by State
-Schools Serving Low-Income Students by State
TEACH Grant Exit Counseling
To sign the Agreement to Serve, log in here: TEACH Grant login
You may apply for Financial Aid by completing the FAFSA here: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/