The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program is a new financial aid program, available specifically to students with the intention to teach. The TEACH grant program awards up to $4000 per year, per student. However, in order to be awarded the grant, recipients must commit to teaching and under certain conditions.

TEACH Grant Eligibility Requirements

  • You must be a US citizen.
  • You must be an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate student.
  • You must attend a post secondary educational institution that participates in the TEACH grant program.
  • You must enroll in courses that will result in you becoming a teacher.
  • You must meet and maintain certain academic requirements including entrance exam scores and GPA.
  • You must sign a TEACH Grant agreement to serve as a teacher in designated schools (per the Department of Education).
How to Get a TEACH Grant
The first thing to do if you think you are eligible for a TEACH Grant is to go to your school’s financial aid office to find out if they participate in the TEACH Grant program. If your school does participate in the TEACH Grant program, then you must apply by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA.

TEACH Grant Terms

  • Work as a full-time teacher in a public or private elementary or secondary school serving low-income students
  • Must teach in a high-need field such as Mathematics, Science, Bilingual Education or Special Education.
  • Must teach for 4 academic years within 8 calendar years from the time you complete your education.
Consequences for Not Fulfilling your TEACH Grant Commitment
If you do not fulfill the 4 year teaching requirement, then the full amount of your TEACH grant award will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you will have to pay back. Also, the unsubsidized loan means that you will pay interest on the loan backdated from the time when you received the grant.
Get Started!
The TEACH Grant offers an incentive to those students who have a desire not only to teach, but to teach those in need. If you think you meet the requirements and terms of the TEACH Grant program, fill out a FAFSA and get the financial aid you need to help you on your way to the classroom.