To be eligible for the TEACH Grant, you must be enrolled in a program that leads to a career teaching in a high-need field. The TEACH Grant is a unique form of federal gift aid because it requires a service commitment from the student. If the student fulfills the commitment, the gift aid does not need to be repaid. If the student does not fulfill the commitment, the TEACH Grant requires repayment. Your school will determine which of their programs are TEACH Grant eligible. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

2016 Maximum TEACH Grant: $3,724

The Department of Education has outlined the following terms and conditions that must be followed you meet your TEACH Grant service obligation:

  • You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program(s) for which you received TEACH Grant funds.
  • You must perform the teaching service 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 the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.

You should contact your financial aid office to determine if you are eligible for the TEACH Grant and to complete the application process. In addition to school required application steps, you will need to complete a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and a TEACH Grant Counseling session.

Basic Eligibility Criteria

  • You must have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • You must be enrolled in a program leading to a career teaching in a high-need field
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • You must not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant