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TEACH Grant

Teach Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program

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.

For 2018-2019, the rates are as follows:

  • For any 2018–19 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2017, and before Oct. 1, 2018, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.6 percent ($264), resulting in a maximum award of $3,736.
  • For any 2018–19 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and before Oct. 1, 2019, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.2 percent ($248), resulting in a maximum award of $3,752.

TEACH Grants are prorated for less than full-time enrollment. 

TEACH Grant Eligibility

To be eligible for the TEACH Grant, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.

  • Complete a FAFSA, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible

  • Complete TEACH Grant entrance counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Service (ATS) each year.

  • Be enrolled in a degree plan at either the undergraduate or graduate level and complete coursework toward a career in teaching in a high-need subject area.

  • Be admitted in one of the appropriate Southern Miss degree programs. Typically, students are fully admitted into the teacher education program their junior or senior years, once they earn their Gold Card. For information on how to earn full admittance, contact the College of Education and Human Sciences.

  • Establish and maintain a Southern Miss cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, will be reviewed semesterly for continued eligibility. 

Teaching Obligation

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 go back to a grant. 

TEACH Grant Application Process

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