The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves 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. IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed.
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.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a postsecondary institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH grant program.
- Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching in a high-need field, or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
High-need fields are bilingual education and English language acquisition, foreign languages, mathematics, reading specialist, sciences, special education, and other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you receive the grant or as of the time you begin teaching in that field. Teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) are listed in The Department of Education’s annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education’s annual directory of designated low-income schools for teacher cancellation benefits.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that will be available on a Department of Education website. The Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, and the teaching service requirements. It also includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements, you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:
- 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.
- 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 Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.
If you receive a TEACH grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH grant disbursement.
For more information about the TEACH grant program or for the application, visit the ASU College of Education’s TEACH Grant webpage. If you have any questions, please contact the College of Education’s EPI Center at 325-942-2209.