The Federal TEACH Grant is for students pursuing a degree in teacher education. The Federal TEACH Grant is a non-need based program for students majoring and certified as a highly qualified teacher in one of the following high need fields:
- Special Education
- Foreign Language
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Reading Specialist
- Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Education’s Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. To access the listing, please go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
The annual maximum award amount is $4,000 based on full-time enrollment and may be prorated for enrollment of other than full-time. The TEACH Grant requirements are as follows:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Complete theTEACH Grant form
- Complete and sign an Agreement to Serve that states you agree to teach full-time in a low income (Title I) school for a minimum of 4 years within 8 years of graduation; see site for more information www.teach-ats.gov.
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better initially and maintain a cumulative university GPA of 3.25 each semester or display high academic aptitude by scoring above the 75th percentile of scores on a nationally-normed standardized admissions test such as the ACT or SAT.
- Complete TEACH Grant initial counseling and additional counseling annually before the grant is disbursed at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/factsheet.action.
Teach Grant Application
It is very important to understand that if you do not teach for 4 years at a Title I school, the full amount of the TEACH grant converts to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. For more information about the TEACH Grant, you are encouraged to visit the TEACH Grant site at: www.teachgrant.ed.gov
To view a list of Title I schools visit www.tcli.ed.gov