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Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is available to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.

If you do not complete the four years of qualified teaching service within eight years of graduation or fail to meet any other TEACH Grant requirements, the grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of the original disbursement.

For the purpose of the TEACH Grant program, a low-income school is a public or private elementary or secondary school that is listed in the annual directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancelation Benefits.

Teach Grant enrollment requirements

The amount of your TEACH grant will depend on your enrollment status.

Eligible full-time students may receive $4,000 per year in TEACH Grant funds, up to a maximum of $16,000 for undergraduate study and $8,000 for graduate study.

The TEACH Grant program funding has been reduced by sequestration.

  • A TEACH Grant where the first disbursement is on or after October 1, 2015 and before October 1, 2016 requires a reduction of 6.8 percent from the award amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $272, resulting in a maximum award of $3,728.
  • A TEACH Grant where the first disbursement is on or after October 1, 2016 and before October 1, 2017 requires a reduction of 6.90 percent from the award amount for which the student would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $276, resulting in a maximum award of $3,724.
Maximum award is $4,000 per academic year Full-time 3/4-time Half-time Less than half-time

Undergraduate student

Per semester award (will be reduced by sequestration)

12 or more credits

$2,000

9-11 credits

$1,500

6-8 credits

$1,000

1-5 credits

$500

Graduate student

Per semester award (will be reduced by sequestration)

8 or more credits

$2,000

6-7 credits

$1,500

4-5 credits

$1,000

1-3 credits

$500

Spring-summer semester enrollment requirements

Exit Counseling

As with federal loans, federal regulations require that students who have received a TEACH Grant complete online exit counseling upon changing majors to something other than a eligible academic program, withdrawing from school, or graduating from their program of study.

The online TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session at www.nslds.ed.gov provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.