|The U.S. Department of Education's Teach Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grant funds to postsecondary students who are completing or planning to complete coursework that is needed to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students. Eligible full-time students who have received the first disbursement of a TEACH Grant award on or before March 1, 2013 may receive $4000 per year in TEACH Grant funds, up to a maximum of $16,000 for undergraduates and post baccalaureate study, and $8,000 for graduate study. Eligible full-time students who receive the first disbursement of a TEACH Grant after March 1, 2013, may receive $3716 for the year. For these students the maximum award would be a reduced amount. The TEACH Grant is prorated for less than full-time enrollment.|
TEACH Grant Eligibility
Within eight years of finishing your teacher preparation program, you must serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field for at least four years in designated schools that serve low-income students. If you receive the TEACH Grant but do not fulfill the requirements of the program, your grant will convert to a direct unsubsidized loan, which you will have to repay with interest calculated back to the date the funds were disbursed. Once it converts to a loan it can never return to being a grant.
TEACH Grant Application Process
- Complete a FAFSA
- Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling
- Sign and return your Financial Aid Award Letter or accept award on SOAR.
- Complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS) once you have accepted the award.