Soaring Seahawk Statue (at the front of campus)Federal TEACH Grant Information

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a merit-based Federal Title IV program designed to encourage highly qualified teachers to serve in low-income schools in high-need fields.

Program Requirements

In exchange for TEACH Grant funding, recipients sign an Agreement to Serve with the federal government committing to:

*Highly qualified teacher- According to the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), a teacher who has obtained full state teacher certification or has passed the state teacher licensing examination and holds a license to teach in the state; holds a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; and has demonstrated subject area competence in each of the academic subjects in which the teacher teaches.

Failure to fulfill the program requirements will result in the grant converting to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan at 6.8% interest, which begins from the time the funds were initially awarded. The Department of Education predicts that 80% of the funds awarded will convert to loans. Once converted to a loan, the funds cannot be converted back to a grant.

 Application Process

The TEACH Grant program is available for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students, students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program and current teachers. To be eligible for the program, each year students must:

 Award Amount

The TEACH Grant Program awards the following amounts to students who plan to teach full-time in high-need subject areas at schools that serve students from low-income families.

  • $4,000 per year for full-time students
  • $2,000 per year for half-time students
  • $1,000 per year for less than half-time students
  • Maximum $16,000 total award for undergraduate studies
  • Maximum $8,000 total award for graduate studies

 Additional TEACH Grant Resources:

U.S. Department of Education TEACH Grant Website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach

TEACH Grant Overview: http://www.myfedloan.org/teach-grants/index.shtml

TEACH Grant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/faq.action

Login to complete TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve & Entrance Counseling: https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action

Login to complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling: https://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/

Schools Serving Low-Income Students by State: http://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp

High-Need Fields by State: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.pdf

TEACH Grant Fact Sheet: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/teach-grant.pdf


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