TEACH Grant Funding Opportunities

Now available for qualifying education students.

TEACH Grant

Maximum annual limits based on enrollment – applies to both undergraduate and graduate students. Annual awards are split between the fall and spring semesters.

  • $4000 – full time (12 or more credit hours)
  • $3000 – ¾ time (9,10,11 hours)
  • $2000 – half time (6,7,8 hours)
  • $1000 – less than half time (3,4,5 hours)

Total limit for undergraduate students: $16,000
Total limit for graduate students: $8,000

GPA requirement for the TEACH Grant is 3.25

To apply for a TEACH Grant, the student must:

  • File a FAFSA and meet the general Title IV student eligibility criteria
  • Student must be enrolled in a TEACH Grant-eligible program of study
  • Student must sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • Student must complete a TEACH Grant initial counseling

High-need field

  1. Bilingual education and English language acquisition
  2. Foreign language
  3. Mathematics
  4. Reading specialist
  5. Science
  6. Special education
  7. Another field documented as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or an LEA, and appearing on the Department's annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.

Agreement to serve

To receive a TEACH grant, a student must sign an agreement to serve. This document explains that the student will:

  • Serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing or ceasing to be en­rolled in the course of study for which the TEACH grant was received;
  • Comply with the requirements for being a high-quality teacher as defined in Section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Edu­cation Act or Section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Edu­cation Act;
  • Teach (in the majority of classes) in a high-need field, which includes subjects on the nationwide shortage area list at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc that is updated each year by the Department;
  • Upon completion of each year of service, provide certification of that from a chief administrative officer of the school; and
  • If she fails or refuses to carry out her service obligation in the time noted above, repay as an unsubsidized Direct loan the total amount of the TEACH grants received, with interest accrued as of the date of disbursement of each grant.

A person must complete a service obligation for each program of study for which he receives TEACH grants. This obligation begins when his enrollment in the program ends. Teaching may apply to more than one obligation: for example, a student who completes a bachelor's and a master's program consecutively and receives TEACH grants for both would have two service obligations. He could receive a suspension for the first obligation because he is enrolled in the mas­ter's program. Once that is done, four years of teaching would apply to both service obligations. However, if he completed his service after finishing the bachelor's program and then enrolled in the master's program, he would later need to complete another four-year service obligation.

For a person to satisfy the service obligation, the high-need field she teaches in must appear under her state on the above nationwide list when she begins teaching. The HEOA added the provision that if a student acquired a degree or expertise in a field that was designated as high-need when she applied for the TEACH grant but is no lon­ger so designated, the student can still fulfill the service obligation by teaching in that field.