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What is the TEACH Grant?

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher and are willing to: (1) teach in a high-need field (like math, science, or English as a Second Language) and (2) teach in a low-income area.

Recipients of a TEACH Grant who are full-time students may receive up to $4,000 per year, for a maximum of $16,000 for college, and up to a maximum of $8,000 for graduate study.

NOTE: You must commit to teaching in an eligible program or you will have to pay back the TEACH Grant money.

TEACH Grant recipients must sign an Agreement to Serve. This specifies that the recipient must teach in a high-need field for four years in a low-income elementary or secondary school. High-need fields include:

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Sciences
  • Special education
  • Other identified teacher shortage areas

Who is eligible for the TEACH Grant?

To apply for the TEACH Grant you must first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete and submit the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year you plan to attend school. NOTE: Make sure the school you attend participates in this grant program.

Eligible students for a TEACH Grant

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students
  • Students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program
  • Current or former teachers or retirees seeking additional education

Basic requirements for a TEACH Grant

  • Completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled in participating school
  • Enrolled in related coursework
  • Academic standards met (get good grades!)
  • TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve signed

Completing and submitting the FAFSA is necessary to be eligible for ALL forms of federal financial aid, including grants, work-study, and federal student loans.

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