A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides funding to students who plan to enroll in classes that are required to pursue a teaching career. You do not need to demonstrate financial need to be eligible to receive a TEACH Grant. However, you must be enrolled in an educational institution that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
TEACH Grant Eligibility
In order to be eligible to receive a TEACH Grant, the student must enroll in classes that are necessary to begin a teaching career and plan to teach full-time in a high need field at a school that serves low-income students. These requirements must be completed within eight years after the student completes the required coursework or ceases enrollment in the program that received grant funds.
High need fields include mathematics, reading specialists, science, special education, bilingual education and any other field of study that has been identified as a high need field. Federal government, state government and educational agencies determine which fields of study are deemed high need.
Before a student receives funding through a TEACH Grant, the student must sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS). The ATS is a legal contract that describes the obligations of your service and explains the terms and conditions of the agreement.
TEACH Grant Funding
A TEACH Grant provides up to $4,000 per academic year, with a maximum of $16,000 over four years of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate study. A student may receive up to $8,000 for their enrollment in a master’s degree program.
How to Apply for a TEACH grant
Applicants must submit a FAFSA form. The form has a question that helps colleges identify students who may be eligible for TEACH Grants.