TEACH Grant - Overview
- What is a TEACH Grant?
The TEACH Grant or Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant program, provides grants up to $4000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students of low-income families. Students in their first undergraduate or post-baccalaureate (non degree) program, can receive up to $4,000 per year – up to $16,000 aggregate. Graduate students can receive up to $4,000 per year - $8,000 aggregate. The TEACH Grant can be prorated for less than full-time enrollment. A TEACH Grant award, when combined with other assistance, cannot exceed the cost of attendance. For more information, you can visit the TEACH Grant website at www.teachgrant.ed.gov.
- Should I consider a TEACH Grant?
It is very important to be sure you will fulfill your teaching obligation. Some things to consider before applying for the TEACH Grant: • Are you willing to teach at a Title I School? • Are you willing to work with high-risk students? • Are you willing to work in urban areas? • Are you willing to work in low-income areas? If you are willing to assist in these areas, then the TEACH Grant may be a good option for you.
- As a student, what are my eligibility requirements for the TEACH Grant?
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria: • You must complete the FAFSA • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen • You must be enrolled in a college or university that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program • You must be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework • You must meet certain academic achievement requirements such as scoring above the 75th percentile on one form of an admissions test such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, etc. Or you must have a GPA of at least 3.25 • You must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
- How do I know if my school participates in the TEACH Grant Program?
In order to confirm that your school participates with the TEACH Grant program, contact your school’s financial aid office. In order for a school to be eligible to participate in the TEACH Grant program, the school must be financially responsible by using the current standards for institutions participating in the title IV HEA programs.
- What are my next steps to apply for a TEACH Grant?
After careful consideration, if you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant you should contact the financial aid office to see if the school you are, or will be attending, participates in the TEACH Grant Program.