TEACH Grant Program

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a federal financial aid program that provides annual grants to students who plan to become teachers.

Who is eligible?

  • Students in junior and/or senior year with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Students majoring in high-need fields, defined for 2017-2018 as:
    • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition (ESL)
    • Foreign Language
    • Mathematics
    • Reading Specialists
    • Science
    • Special Education
    • Computer Science
    • Technology Applications and
    • Career Technical Education 

Student Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA
  • Be registered for at least six hours (award amount dependent on hours enrolled)
  • File a FAFSA each academic year
  • Meet with academic advisor to review program requirements annually
  • After graduation, students must teach full-time in a high-need field for at least four academic years in an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves low-income families
  • Must sign TEACH Grant Teaching Service Agreement annually (see below)

What is the Teaching Service Agreement?

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign an agreement to serve. By signing, you are entering a contract with the Department of Education and are agreeing to meet the service obligation requirements of the TEACH Grant Program of teaching for four years within an eight-year period

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete the service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds received will be converted to a Federal 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.  

Learn more about Unsubsidized Loans.

Learn more about the Agreement to Serve and the Service Obligation.

View a sample Teaching Service Agreement.

How much is the grant?

  • The 2017-2018 amount is $3,724 for the academic year for full time students (enrolled in 12 hours).
  • The award amount will be prorated for students enrolled in less than 12 hours.
  • Please note the TEACH Grant Program is subject to change each year. We anticipate the grant amount will decrease by 6.6% each year (estimated $3,478 award for 2018-2019).

How do I apply?

If you feel that you qualify for a TEACH Grant, please contact the College of Education Advising Office to make an appointment with your academic advisor.

After you meet with your advisor, the Office of Financial Aid will review your eligibility and post information on your Check Aid Status Here (CASH) page.

Where can I learn more?

TEACH Grant Program Overview

Federal Student Aid – What is a TEACH Grant?

What are subsidized and unsubsidized loans?