Federal Teach Grant

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:

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.

Need 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.

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!

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  • Eligible Schools

    Eligible schools include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Dept. of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
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  • Eligible Subjects

    To qualify for the grant, you must teach a high-need subject area.
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    To qualify for the grant, you must teach a high-need subject area.
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