The U.S. Department of Education’s (the Department’s) TEACH Grant Program awards grants to students who intend to teach, to help pay for their postsecondary education.
- As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to teach full-time for at least four years as a highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school or educational service agency (ESA) serving low-income students.
- You must complete the four years of teaching within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program of study for which you received the grant. If you do not meet the terms of your TEACH Grant service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds that you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program that you must repay in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
- The Department’s TEACH Grant servicer oversees your grant account until you meet your service obligation for each grant. The TEACH Grant servicer is currently, FedLoan Servicing.
If you are enrolled full- time, you can receive up to $4,000 each year in TEACH Grant funds, up to a maximum of:
- $16,000 for undergraduate and/or post baccalaureate study, and
- $8,000 for graduate study.
- How can I receive the TEACH Grant?
- What is a Highly-Qualified Teacher?
- What are TEACH Grant High-Need Fields?
- What Schools and Educational Services Agencies Serve Low-Income Students?
- After School
- Freshman-Sophomore TEACH Grant Acknowledgment Form
- Other Resources
- Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
- Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25). For specific information about the academic requirements, talk to the financial aid office at your college or career school.
- Complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling, and
- Complete an Agreement to Serve (ATS).
You must perform your teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined:
- In section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, or
- If you are a special education teacher, in section 602(10) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
For more information about the requirements for being a highly-qualified teacher, please visit U.S Department of Education.
High-need fields are
- Bilingual education and English language acquisition,
- Foreign language,
- Reading specialist,
- Science, and
- Special education, as well as
- Any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and that is included in the 2018-19 Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide List).
If you plan to teach in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide List, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either at the time you begin your qualifying teaching service or at the time you received a TEACH Grant.
Still have questions? Visit the TEACH Grant FAQ
An educational service agency is a regional public multiservice agency (not a private organization) that is authorized by state law to develop, manage, and provide services or programs to local education agencies, (such as public school districts).
To search the Department’s Low-Income School Directory, please visit Teacher Cancellation Low Income Directory.
When you complete or otherwise leave your TEACH eligible program of study, you need to:
- Teach full-time as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field at an eligible low-income elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency for at least 4 academic years.
- Complete the required 4 years of teaching within 8 years of completing or otherwise leaving your TEACH Grant program of study.
- Certify, with the Federal Loan Servicing Center, within 120 days of completing or otherwise leaving your TEACH Grant program of study, and each year thereafter, that you are meeting (or intend to meet*) the requirements of your service obligation.
If you don't meet these requirements, your TEACH Grants may be converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans that you'll have to repay in full, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement. For more information about your teaching obligation, review your Agreement to Serve.
*Important information if you did not complete the program for which you received your TEACH Grants: Keep in mind that, as explained in your Agreement to Serve, if you do not complete your TEACH Grant program of study, you must do one of the following within 1 year after you leave school:
- Qualify for a temporary suspension of the period for completing your service obligation;
- Re-enroll in another TEACH Grant eligible program of study; or
- Begin qualifying teaching service.
Once you complete the program for which you've received the TEACH Grant or your enrollment status drops below half-time, complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling.
Still have questions? Visit the After School FAQ.
Contacting the TEACH Grant servicer
U.S. Department of Education
TEACH Grant servicer
P.O. Box 69184
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9184
TEACH Grant servicer contact information:
- Toll free: 1-800-699-2908
- TDD: 1-800-722-8189
- International: 1-717-720-1985
- TEACH Grant servicer Web site
U.S. Department of Education (ED) revisions to simplify the TEACH Grant service obligation process
- Read about the new standardized annual certification deadline of October 31st
- Read about the new TEACH Grant to loan conversion reconsideration process
- Teacher Credential Cal Grant renewal program
- Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
- The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) contains information about all Title IV loans you have received, including the TEACH Grants that have been converted to Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Visit NSLDS