Financial Aid

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:

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.

  • Up to $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

Due to sequestration, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, must be reduced by 6.8 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. Any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, must be reduced by 6.9 percent. For example:

  • For any 2016–17 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.8 percent ($272), resulting in a maximum award of $3,728.
  • For any 2016–17 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2016, and before Oct. 1, 2017, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.9 percent ($276), resulting in a maximum award of $3,724.

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