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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.


The Federal TEACH Grant allows up to $4,000 per year for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The grant amount is prorated according to how many eligible credit hours a student is enrolled in per term, meaning a student would need to be enrolled full time to be considered for the full $4,000. Funds are subject to sequestration (more information below), can only be applied towards a student’s first bachelor’s or graduate degree, and must be a TEACH-eligible program.


Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which has caused federal budget cuts to this program, known as a “sequester.” Therefore, TEACH grant funds first disbursed on or after October 1, 2020 and prior to October 1, 2024 will see a reduction of 5.7% from their originally approved award amount.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • 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 and Repay (ATS)

Eligible Majors for 2023-2024 TEACH Grant

Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Master’s Degree Programs

Grandfathered Programs


Apply for TEACH Grant

  1. Complete the TEACH Grant Application in your ASIST account.
    You will only see the TEACH Grant application as an option if you are in an eligible program. If you meet all of the requirements, your grant will be packaged when the application review is finished.
  2. Next, you need to sign an “Agreement to Serve and Repay” contract with the federal government and complete the TEACH Grant federal initial and subsequent counseling before the funds are disbursed to your account.

Agreement to Serve and Repay

In exchange for receiving a Federal TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher for at least 4 of the 8 years following the completion of your program. You must also teach in a high-need field in a school that serves low-income students.

If you do not complete the service obligation, the U.S. Department of Education will convert all Federal TEACH Grant funds that you received to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized student loan. You will then have to repay the loan and will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) are disbursed.

High Need Fields

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading specialist
  • Science
  • Special education

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