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TEACH Grant

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH)       

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year. 

Candidates must agree to serve as full-time teachers at certain schools and within certain high-need fields for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the course of study for which a grant was received. If the student fails or refuses to carry out the service obligation in the time noted above, student must repay as an Unsubsidized Direct loan the total amount of the TEACH Grant received, with interest accrued as of the date of disbursement of each Teach Grant received. 

A full-time TEACH Grant recipient may receive four scheduled awards of up to $4,000 each, or a total of $16000, for the first baccalaureate and post baccalaureate programs combined minus any reduction due to the sequester. 

A graduate student may receive two scheduled award, or a total of $8000 for a master’s program minus any reduction due to the sequester. 

Undergraduate 

Graduate 

To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria: 

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 electronically on a Department of Education Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and 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. Specifically, 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. 

IMPORTANT REMINDER

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service obligation, as explained above, TEACH Grant funds received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that will be, charged interest from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

Disclaimer
This page provides a preliminary summary of the TEACH Grant Program based on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007.  The information on this page is subject to change and is not binding on the Department of Education.