Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is available to students in an eligible bachelor's or master's degree program who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school serving students from low-income families.

The grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan if you do not complete the four years of qualified teaching service within the eight years following graduation or failure to meet any other TEACH Grant requirements. 

For the purpose of the TEACH Grant program, the definition of 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 Cancellation 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
  • Up to $8,000 for graduate study.

The TEACH Grant program funding has been reduced by sequestration.

  • For any 2019–20 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2019, and before Oct. 1, 2020, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 5.9 percent ($236), resulting in a maximum award of $3,764.
  • For any 2020-21 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2020, and before Oct. 1, 2021, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 5.7% ($228), resulting in a maximum award of $3,772.
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

Students who have received a TEACH Grant are required (per federal regulations) to complete online exit counting in the event of: 

  • Change in major to something other than an eligible academic program 

  • Withdrawal from school 

  • Graduation from program of study 

The online TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement. In addition, the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan are also covered.