TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program will provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.


In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the student must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which he/she received the award. Those who fail to complete the service obligation will have to repay the grant in the form of a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

To be eligible, the student must:

1.Complete the FAFSA (although the award is not need based)
2.Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
3.Be an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate students attending a college that participates in the TEACH grant program
4.Meet certain academic requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
5.Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

High-Need Fields Include:

-Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
-Foreign Language.
-Mathematics.
-Reading Specialist.
-Science.
-Special Education.
-Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas)

Additional information about participating schools and high-need fields may be found at:
http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp

Next Steps
If you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the financial aid office at the college where you will be enrolled to find out if they will participate in the TEACH Grant Program.

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