Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH)
Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. If, after reading all of the information on this fact sheet, you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program, you should contact the financial aid office.
TEACH Grant Basics
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time , highly qualified teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students).
As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four (4) academic years within eight (8) calendar years of:
- Completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant;
- Are otherwise no longer enrolled in that program
- Example: If you withdraw from school or if you change to a different program for which you are note eligible to receive a TEACH grant.
If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford 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) was disbursed. Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Grants
Master's Degree Grants
Up to $16,000
($4,000 per year)
Up to $8,000
($4,000 per year)
The award amounts listed above are based on full-time enrollment and theTEACH Grant in combination with other financial aid assistance cannot exceed the annual Cost of Attendance (COA).
- Disbursements will be prorated for less than full-time enrollment.
- Less than 1/2 time
- 12 units = full-time enrollment for undergraduate, credential, and post-baccalaureate students.
- 12 units (weighted) = full-time for graduate students
- 500 level courses weighted at 1.5 units (i.e. 4 units x 1.5 = 6 units)
Student Eligibility Requirements
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Demonstration of financial need not required. The TEACH Grant is not need-based.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as a post-baccalaureate or graduate student in a credential program.
- Maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (see below for more information on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve).
- Complete TEACH Entrance Counseling (see below for more information).
High-need fields are the specific areas identified below:
- Foreign Language
- Bilingual Education
- English language acquisition
- Special Education
- Reading Specialist
- Other identified teach shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field.
Definition of Highly-Qualified Teacher
- Highly Qualified Teachers: To be deemed highly qualified, teachers must have: 1) a bachelor's degree, 2) full state certification or licensure, and 3) prove that they know each subject they teach.
- State Requirements: NCLB requires states to 1) measure the extent to which all students have highly qualified teachers, particularly minority and disadvantaged students, 2) adopt goals and plans to ensure all teachers are highly qualified and, 3) publicly report plans and progress in meeting teacher quality goals.
- Demonstration of Competency: Teachers (in middle and high school) must prove that they know the subject they teach with: 1) a major in the subject they teach, 2) credits equivalent to a major in the subject, 3) passage of a state-developed test, 4) HOUSSE (for current teachers only, see below), 5) an advanced certification from the state, or 6) a graduate degree.
- High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE): NCLB allows states to develop an additional way for current teachers to demonstrate subject-matter competency and meet highly qualified teacher requirements. Proof may consist of a combination of teaching experience, professional development, and knowledge in the subject garnered over time in the profession.
For more information, select this link FACT SHEET No Child Left Behind Flexibility: Highly Qualified Teachers or visit http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/methods/teachers/hqtflexibility.html.
Schools Serving Low-Income Students
Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve
Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve .
The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed. Specifically, the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve will require the following:
- For each TEACH Grant-eligible program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, you must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you completed or withdrew from the academic program for which you received the TEACH Grant.
- You must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school. The term highly-qualified teacher is defined in section 9101(23) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 or in section 602(10) of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
- Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
- You must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.
If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that you must repay, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required teaching service, as explained above, you will be required to repay the grants as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.
What is a TEACH Grant Eligible Program?
A program of study that is designed to:
- prepare an individual to teach as a highly-qualified teacher in a high-need field; and,
- leads to a baccalaureate or master's degree; or
- is a post-baccalaureate program of study
How to Apply?
- Complete the FAFSA
- Complete the TEACH Grant Counseling Session. The Counseling Session and ATS must be completed “EACH” year you receive the grant.
- Submit notification to the Financial Aid Office that you would like to be awarded a TEACH Grant. The Financial Aid Office will review your eligibility and award the grant accordingly.
- Complete the “ Agreement to Serve ” (ATS) after receiving notification from the Financial Aid Office that you have been awarded a TEACH Grant.
- The Financial Aid Office will receive electronic notification of your completion of the counseling and ATS requirements. Once this confirmation has been received, you will be eligible for the disbursement of funds.
- Complete the FAFSA.
- Do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Enrolled as a post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary education institution that participates in the TEACH Grant program.
- Be enrolled in course work necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work.
- Not have already earned a 1 st BA or post-baccalaureate degree.
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally above the 75% percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25).
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS).
Complete the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling (TEACH Grant Counseling) each year you receive a TEACH Grant and before completing the ATS.
Teaching Service Requirements & Exit Counseling
- Complete the EXIT Counseling session once you complete or withdraw from the TEACH Grant eligible program.
- This may be done online from the TEACH Grant Home Page.
Where to find more information?
CSULA Financial Aid Office - Student Affairs Building, Room 124
TEACH Grant Home Page: https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action
TEACH Grant FACT Sheet: http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/attachments/siteresources/TEACHGrant10-11.pdf
Highly-Qualified Teacher Information & FACT Sheet
U. S. Department of Education web site: