TEACH Grant

About the TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH) provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for graduate and undergraduate students who intend to teach full time in high need subject areas for at least four years at schools that serve student from low income families.

TEACH Grant eligibility criteria:

  • Complete the FAFSA
  • U. S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a post-secondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program
  • Enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such, course work
  • Score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve entrance counseling

For more information visit Federal Student Aid - TEACH Grant.

TEACH Grant Disclosure Information

Purpose

The TEACH Grant program was created to assist students that are seeking degrees in high-need fields and anticipate teaching in those fields at the secondary or elementary level. Students will be eligible to receive up to $4,000 per year.

 

Description

The TEACH Grant program is a non-need-based grant program that provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to a student who agrees to serve for at least four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If the recipient of a TEACH Grant does not complete four years of qualified teaching service within eight years of completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received or otherwise fails to meet the requirements of section 686.12, the amount of the TEACH Grant converts into an unsubsidized Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan with interest accruing from the time the grant was disbursed. 

 

Definitions

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is a resource for educators who meet financial need requirements and wish to work in a high-demand field in education. Students that choose to participate in this program must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. If a student fails to meet the requirements of the service obligation, the TEACH Grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The student will then be required to repay the loan to the U.S. Department of Education. The student will also be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed. Students may review more information about the obligations at www.studentaid.ed.gov.  

 

Requirements

TEACH Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Complete (or will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate award year 
  • U. S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Not in Title IV default or owe an overpayment on a grant
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Admitted to one of the approved Houston Community College programs applicable for the TEACH Grant. (See a counselor to ensure that your two-year program of study is acceptable for full credit to a baccalaureate teacher preparation program.) 
  • Meet the following academic requirements: 
    • Scored above the 75th percentile on SAT, ACT, or GRE, (attach copy of your actual test scores to this application) or 
    • maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 for each term for which the TEACH Grant is disbursed
  • Pursuing first bachelor’s degree or first master’s degree 
  • Complete required entrance and exit TEACH Grant counseling at https://studentaid.gov/teach-grant-program 
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement available online at: https://teach-ats.ed.gov 
  • Teach for four years at a school serving low-income students. Directory online at www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp or
  • Teach full-time in a high-need subject. Listing at https://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc  
  • Annually provide documentation as requested by the U. S. Department of Education that I have completed the teaching obligation, to be certified by the elementary or secondary schools’ officer. 
  • Complete the exit counseling upon withdrawing or graduating at https://studentaid.gov/teach-grant-program