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 agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.
As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and is payable to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) disbursed. TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
High Need Fields
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialist
- Special Education
- Other identified Annual Teacher Shortage Area as of the time the student begins teaching.