Federal TEACH Grant

Eligibility for the Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program was created to fill the teacher shortages in high-need fields.  The TEACH Grant is the first federal grant program that requires a service agreement and has the potential of converting to a loan. To review the basic eligibility criteria, please read the following information below.

Potential Funds available through the Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal TEACH Grant allows up to $4,000 per year available for full-time students on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Amounts are prorated according to enrollment levels per term.
These funds can only be used for the student’s first bachelor's or graduate degree, and are not available for students in doctoral programs.

Service Agreement

In exchange for receiving a Federal TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). A recipient of a Federal TEACH Grant must teach for at least four of eight years of completing the program of study for which the Federal TEACH Grant was received.
IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation (watch video about payment obligation), the U.S. Department of Education will convert all Federal TEACH Grants funds that you received to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Student Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) disbursed.
No Liberty Online undergraduate programs are currently eligible for the Federal TEACH Grant.

Student Eligibility Requirements for Federal TEACH Grant

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the Federal TEACH Grant Program
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
  • Sign a Federal TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • High Needs Fields
    • Career and Technical Education
    • Elementary Education
    • English
    • Foreign Languages
    • Health and Physical Education
    • History and Social Sciences
    • Mathematics
    • Middle Education
    • School Counselor
    • Special Education

2016-2017 TEACH Grant Eligible Majors

Bachelor's Degree Programs

  • BITC-Biology (TL)
  • BIET-Biology: Environmental Science (TL)
  • CSTC-Computer Science (TL)
  • EEEN-Elementary Education: English
  • EEMT-Elementary Education: Math
  • ENBT-Environmental Biology
  • EESC-Elementary Education: Science
  • EESP-Elementary Education: Spanish
  • EESS-Elementary Education: Social Studies
  • ENTC-English (TC)
  • ISSE-Special Education Integrated Studies
  • KITC-Kinesiology (TL) 
  • MATC-Mathematics (TL)
  • SOST-Social Sciences (TL)
  • SPAT-Spanish (TL)

Master's Degree Programs

  • MPMS-M.Ed.: Program Specialist-Math
  • MSCL-M.Ed.: School Counseling (TL)
  • MTLM-M.Ed.: Middle Grades
  • MTEE-MAT: Elementary Education
  • MTSE-MAT: Secondary Education
  • MTSP-MAT: Special Education
  • MTMG-MAT: Middle Grades

*Note: All undergraduate programs must lead to licensure in order to qualify.  Undergraduate Liberty University Online education programs are currently non-licensure. 

What to do if you believe you qualify and are interested in the Federal TEACH Grant
Students in eligible majors should log into their ASIST account to complete the electronic TEACH application. The electronic TEACH application will only appear for students in TEACH-eligible programs. If you meet all eligibility requirements to receive TEACH, your award will be packaged upon completion of the application review. You will then be required to sign an "Agreement to Serve" contract with the federal government and complete the TEACH Grant federal entrance counseling before the funds are disbursed to your account.

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