Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program is a federal financial aid grant program available to students enrolled in eligible programs.
Students who receive a TEACH Grant must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school as a highly qualified teacher, full-time for at least four years.
Students must meet the teaching requirements within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. The student is required to sign a service agreement to this effect and complete all required counseling to receiving a TEACH Grant.
Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:
*Based on full-time enrollment (amount may be reduced a small amount due to federal budget reductions)
**Aggregate limit: This is the combined lifetime limit from all schools.
TEACH Grant recipients are required to sign the Agreement to Serve (ATS) annually. The ATS is a legally binding document that:
Be sure to print and keep a copy of your signed ATS for future reference. You MUST sign an ATS every year you receive a TEACH Grant.
By signing a TEACH Grant ATS, you are agreeing to:
More than half of the classes you will teach during each school year must be in a high-need field. Teacher shortage areas that qualify for TEACH service requirements are identified in the Teacher Shortage Areas annual listing. High-need fields across the nation are in schools that serve low-income students.
For purposes of the TEACH Grant program, high-need fields are:
If you plan to teach in a high-need field included in the Nationwide Listing, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either:
Note: The Nationwide Listing includes both subject areas and geographic shortage areas. To qualify based on teaching in a high-need field included in the Nationwide Listing, you must teach in a listed subject shortage area, not a geographic shortage area.
For 2016-17, the following are additional California Statewide Academic Disciplines or Subject Matter fields identified in the Nationwide Listing as TEACH Grant-eligible fields: