Student Participation Requirements
To receive a TEACH grant, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrating financial need is not necessary.
- Be an eligible citizen or an eligible foreign student.
- Be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate courses (or other studies after getting a college degree) in a higher learning institution participating in the TEACH grant program.
- Be enrolled (or plan to be enrolled) in courses deemed necessary to become a teacher. Said courses may include specific subjects (Ex. Math courses for students looking to become Math teachers).
- Meet certain academic requirements, such as obtaining a percentile score of more than 75 in a college admissions test or maintain a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.25.
- Sign the teaching service agreement of the TEACH grant program. (See below for more information on this agreement).
High Needs Fields
Here are the high needs fields:
- Bilingual Education and English
- Foreign Languages other than English
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other areas where a shortage of teachers has been identified at the time the grant recipient starts teaching a subject matter. These are academic (not geographic) areas that appear on the national annual list of teacher shortages, published by the U.S. Department of Education. To access this list, please click here.
Important Notice: The amounts under the TEACH grant program that are first disbursed after October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014, must be reduced by 0.89% of the amount of aid for which the student would have been eligible. For example: the maximum TEACH grant amount is $4,000, this is reduced by $36.60, (or 0.89%), resulting in a maximum aid of $3,964.40.
The amounts under the TEACH grant program that are first disbursed after October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2015, must be reduced by 7.3% of the amount of aid for which the student would have been eligible. For example: the maximum TEACH grant amount is $4,000, this is reduced by $292 (or 7.3%), resulting in a maximum aid of $3,708.
Schools that offer services to underprivileged familiesEscuelas que brindan servicio a estudiantes de escasos recursos
The schools that offer services to underprivileged students include any elementary or high school that appears on the annual directory published by the U.S. Department of Education of schools deemed low-income, relating to the condonation of student loans for teachers.
Teaching Service Agreement of the TEACH Grant Program
Every year that the student receives the TEACH grant, he/she will need to sign the corresponding teaching service agreement, available in the TEACH Grant Program Teaching Service Agreements System. This agreement stipulates the granting provisions, the teaching requirements, and the acknowledgement of the grant recipient that failure to comply with the stipulations will result in having to repay the grant as a Federal Direct Loan without interest subsidy, including all interests accrued from the date the grant was disbursed. More specifically, the teaching agreement stipulates the following::
- For each approved program for which a TEACH grant was received, the student will have to serve as a teacher exclusively and with dedication for at least four academic years, over a period no longer than eight (8) natural years, starting on the date he/she finished the academic program for which he/she received the TEACH grant.
- Must serve as a highly qualified teacher in a school that offers services to an underprivileged population. “Highly-qualified teacher” is defined under Section 9101(23) of the Elementary and High School Education Act of 1965, and Section 602(10) of the Education for Disabled Persons Act.
- The teaching service must be provided in a high needs field.
- Must meet any other requirements established by the Department of Education.
- If the grant recipient does not meet this teaching service obligation, all monies received under the TEACH grant will convert to a Stafford Direct Loan without interest subsidy, and he/she will need to repay the loan with all the interests accrued from the date the grant(s) was (were) disbursed.
Important Notice: Important Notice: If you receive a TEACH grant and you do not comply with the teaching service obligation (as explained above), the TEACH grant will convert to a Stafford Direct Loan without interest subsidy, and you will need to repay the loan with all the interests accrued from the date each of the grants was disbursed.