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TEACH Grant

Student teacher from D'Youville College working at DaVinci Academy in Buffalo

A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $3,760 per year in grant money for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full-time. To qualify for the grant, you must teach a high-need subject area at a school which serves students from low-income families for a total of at least four years and within eight years of graduating. If you fail to complete the four-year teaching obligation, you will have the repay the grant with interest.

Grant Amounts

  • Undergraduate students may receive up to $3,760 per year ($15,040 maximum).
  • Graduate students may receive up to $3,760 per year ($7,520 total maximum).
  • Part-time students are eligible, but the maximum grant will be prorated.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Full or part-time undergraduate and graduate students
  • Students working on a second baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree are not eligible to receive the TEACH Grant.
  • Be enrolled in a program of study designated as TEACH grant-eligible.
  • Meet eligibility requirements for federal aid
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete TEACH Grant entrance and exit counseling requirements
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve each year that you receive the grant

Academic Achievement Requirements

Undergraduate Students

You must meet one of the following:

  • Score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE), or
  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) to receive a grant as a freshman, or
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) on your college coursework to receive a grant for each subsequent term.

Graduate Students

You must meet one of the following:

  • Score above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test (e.g. SAT, ACT, GRE), or
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) through the most recent term in the master's degree program for subsequent payments or be a current teacher or be a retiree from another occupation with expertise in a high-need, enrolled in a master's degree program; or be a former teacher pursuing an alternative route to certification within a master's degree program.

teacher obligation

You must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need field for at least four years, at a school serving low-income students.

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant with interest, you must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high- need field for at least four years, at a school serving low-income students. 

You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years of finishing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work off multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances. Specific definitions of these terms are included below.

Highly-Qualified Teacher

You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher, which is defined in federal law

Full-Time Teacher

You must meet the state's definition of a full time teacher and spend the majority (at least 51 percent) of your time teaching one of the high-need subject areas. Elementary teachers who teach many subjects would not be able to fulfill their service agreement.

High-Need Subject Areas

Agreement to Serve

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must complete a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that will be available electronically on a Department of Education Web Site. The TEACH Grant service agreement specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded and the teaching service requirements. 

Promise to Pay

The TEACH Grant service agreement includes an acknowledgement 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 first disbursed.

Entrance & Exit Counseling

You are also required to complete the TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling before completing your Agreement to Serve, as well as the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling upon completion of your program or ceasing enrollment.

How to Receive and Renew

Students are considered for this grant by marking that they are interested in teaching or education while filling out the FAFSA.

If you wish to receive TEACH Grant no additional application is necessary. You must complete the FAFSA each year and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for federal aid. If you are enrolled in a qualifying program and meet the academic qualification the TEACH Grant will automatically be included in your awards. If you do not wish to receive the TEACH Grant you can decline it in your FinAidOnline account.

Renewing the TEACH Grant:

To maintain eligibility for the award, you must maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. Academic eligibility will be reviewed at the end of every semester.

It is important that you understand the end of semester academic requirement since it may impact your continued eligibility for the Federal TEACH Grant.

Important Information:

Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest changed from the date you first received the TEACH Grant. Once a grant is converted to a loan it can't be converted back to a grant!

Need more information?

For more information about receiving a TEACH Grant, contact the Financial Aid Office at 716-829-7500. For more information about your TEACH Grant after graduation contact 1-800-848-0979.

Documenting Service

You must respond promptly to any requests for information or documentation from the U.S. Department of Education, even if they seem repetitive. These requests will be sent to you while you are still in school as well as once you are out of school. You will be asked regularly to confirm that you either still intend to teach or that you are teaching as required. You must provide documentation to the U.S. Department of Education at the end of each year of teaching.

If you temporarily cease enrollment in your program of study or if you encounter situations that affect your ability to begin or continue teaching, you will need to contact the U.S. Department of Education at 1 (800) 848-0979 within 120 days to avoid your grant(s) being converted to loans before you are able to complete your teaching obligation.


Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document your teaching service will cause the TEACH Grant to be permanently converted to a loan with interest changed from the date you first received the TEACH Grant. Once a grant is converted to a loan it can't be converted back to a grant.


MORE INFORMATION

For more information about receiving a TEACH Grant, contact the Financial Aid Office at 716-829-7500. If you're interested in learning information about a TEACH Grant after graduation, contact 1 800-848-0979.