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TEACH Grant Program

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 to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.


Student Eligibility Requirements:

Teach Grant Agreement to Serve

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign TEACH Grant Agreement To Serve.

IMPORTANT: This specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment 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 originally disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will provide that:  

  • 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. 

High-Need Fields:

  • Foreign Language

  • Mathematics

  • Reading Specialist

  • Science

  • Special Education

  • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are listed in the Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing.  


Schools Serving Low-Income Students

Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

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