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.
In exchange for TEACH Grant funding, recipients sign an Agreement to Serve with the federal government committing to:
- Serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher* (see definition below) for at least 4 academic years within 8 years of completing the academic program
- Teach within certain high-need fields (Mathematics, Science, Special Education, and Reading Specialist). High-need fields are indicated for each state here: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.pdf
- Teach at an eligible school. Schools serving low-income students are indicated for each state here: https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp
*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.
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:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) https://fafsa.ed.gov/. Be sure to enter the UNCW school code 002984
- Sign the Agreement to Serve https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action
- Complete Entrance Counseling https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action
- Officially declare an eligible major to serve in a high-need field (listed above)
- Possess a minimum 3.25 GPA (Students who do not initially meet the GPA requirement may also qualify if they scored above the 75th percentile on one of the batteries in a school admission test)
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