The TEACH Grant program provides funds to students who are completing coursework needed for a career in teaching and agree to teach, for at least four complete academic years, in a high-need field (see this Federal List) at an elementary/secondary school, or educational service agency (click here for a definition) that serves students from low-income families (see this Federal List).
- Annual Amount:
- For grants disbursed before October 1, 2013 the annual, full time amount is $3760 (split between 2 semesters).
- For grants disbursed on or after October 1, 2013 the annual, full time amount is $3964 (split between 2 semesters).
- Aggregate Limit: $8000 for Graduate students
- Application: file the FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.gov) and indicate your interest to the GSFS office
- Who is eligible: Students with at least a 3.25 GPA in these Graduate Programs:
- MA in Teaching
- MA in Education, Teaching and Learning
- MA in Special Education
New students qualify through their cumulative Undergraduate or Transfer GPA.
- Agreement to Serve: As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign an annual Agreement to Serve, promising to teach in a high-need field at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
- Entrance Counseling: As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must complete annual Entrance Counseling, which informs you of your rights and responsibilities.
- Program Plan Sheet: Since the TEACH Grant is designed for specific programs leading to highly qualified teachers, your enrollment must fall within your submitted Program Plan Sheet/Advising Guide.
IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.