Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH)
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who are completing coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and agree to teach for FOUR years at an elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families and to meet other requirements. Students must meet all TEACH Grant Program requirements.
If you are interested in applying for the TEACH Grant Program, you must complete the online TEACH Grant Initial Counseling and Agreement to Serve (ATS)*.
*Freshmen and Sophomore students must contact the TEACH Program Coordinator. Email the Financial Aid Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
- Complete TEACH Entrance Counseling (see below for more information).
- Complete TEACH Exit Counseling in last quarter of enrollment.
- Be enrolled in a TEACH Grant-eligible program.
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:
- Special Education
- Bilingual Education
Teacher Shortage Areas in California
- Social Science
- Multiple Subject (self-contained class)
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field or in a Teacher Shortage Area in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
TEACH Grant Counseling and Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must complete TEACH Grant Counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
- For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field or Teacher Shortage Area in California as stipulated in your agreement.
- You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.