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Graduate TEACH Grant

The Federal TEACH Grant program provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching and agree to teach, for at least four complete academic years, in a high-needs field at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves low-income families.

The award amount is prorated for part-time students. Recipients must be enrolled in an eligible education major or TEACH Grant-eligible program (see below).

Due to congressional action, award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after October 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2020, must be reduced by 5.9% from the award amount for which the recipient would have otherwise been eligible. Any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed on or after October 1, 2020, must be reduced by 5.7% from the award amount for which the recipient would have otherwise been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $228 (first disbursed on or after 10/1/20), resulting in a maximum award of $3,772.

Graduate TEACH Grant Basics

Aggregate Limit

$8,000

Requirements

Students must be matriculated in an eligible graduate program listed below and meet the following academic requirements:

  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above –OR–
  • Score at or above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test (GRE/SAT/ACT) –OR–
  • Are a current teacher or retiree with expertise in a high-need area and enrolled in a TEACH Grant-eligible master's or certification program.

TEACH Grant recipients must sign an agreement to serve (ATS), which includes:

  • serving full-time as a highly qualified teacher.
  • for four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded.
  • in a high-need subject area.

NOTE: If the TEACH Grant requirements including the above are not met, the TEACH Grant is converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan.

The annual amount of the TEACH Grant is subject to change due to congressional action.

Additional TEACH Grant Information

Apply for a Graduate TEACH Grant

-If Approved-

Please complete the Get a TEACH Grant online steps, counseling, and an Agreement to Serve (ATS) at Studentaid.gov each year that you wish to receive the grant.

IMPORTANT: If you are awarded the grant based on GPA (not test scores), you must maintain at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA for every semester covered by the grant. Student Financial Services will check the GPA before each term of the award period.

Eligible Graduate Programs

  • Special Childhood Education
  • Special Adolescence Education