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Receive a TEACH Grant to Pay for College!

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants up to $4,000 a year to graduate students in the process of completing or planning to complete a degree or courses necessary to begin a career in teaching. 

TEACH Grant Eligible Programs

Special Education

Elementary Education (Starting Fall 2023)

Middle Grades Education (Math, Language Arts)

Teacher Leadership - Special Education

Teacher Leadership - General Education (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies)

TEACH Eligibility

In order to quality for a TEACH Grant, you must complete the following:

  • Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form
  • Be enrolled at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program as an undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or graduate student.

Teaching Obligation

In exchange for receiving the TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time, highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school for at least four years in a high-need subject. The four years of teaching commitment must be completed within eight years of finishing the program in which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program you received the funds, though you may work off multiple obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. Please visit the US Department of Education for more specific information regarding the TEACH Grant qualifications and obligation responsibilities. 

If you fail to complete the four-year teaching commitment, the TEACH Grant will convert to an Unsubsidized Loan, and the loan will require repayment with interest. If the TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back into a grant.

Apply for the TEACH Grant



Education Center

Rachel L. Abbott, Ph.D., CHES

Faculty & Staff

Grant Requirements

To receive TEACH Grants, a teacher candidate must agree to the following:

  • You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within an eight year period after you complete or cease to be enrolled in a qualified program.
  • You must perform as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school or educational service agency.
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field. 
  • You must provide ED with documentation of your progress toward completion of your service obligation.

Award Amounts

The total amount of TEACH Grants that a candidate may receive may not exceed $16,000 for undergraduate or post-baccalaureate study. The total amount a graduate student may receive may not exceed $8,000. If the candidate is enrolled less than full-time, the amount of the annual TEACH Grant may be reduce accordingly. 

Enrollment Status Per Semester Disbursed after
October 1, 2019
Disbursed After
October 1, 2020
Full Time (12+ hours Undergraduate, 9+ hours Graduate) $1,882 $1,886
3/4 Time (9-11 hours Undergraduate, 7-8 hours Graduate) $1,411.50 $1,414.50
1/2 Time (6-8 hours Undergraduate, 5-6 hours Graduate) $941 $943
Less than 1/2 Time $470.50 $471.50


The amount of the TEACH Grant, in combination with other assistance the student may receive, may not exceed the cost of attendance, as provided in section 472 of the Higher Education Act. If the TEACH Grant and other aid exceed the cost of attendance for an academic year, the student’s aid package must be reduced.

Please note: If you plan to teach in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide List, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either at the time you begin your qualifying teaching service or at the time you received a TEACH Grant. For more information, please click on Official TEACH Grant Website.