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, 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
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
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Complete the TEACH Grant Application below for final determination. The student will be notified of the results.
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