Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH Grants)

 

To provide annual grants of up to $4,000 to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who agree to teach specified high-need subjects at schools serving primarily disadvantaged populations for four years within eight years of graduation. For students who do not fulfill their service requirements, grants convert to Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans with interest accrued from the date of award.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
84.379
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Student Aid, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Funding will support awards to approximately 31,000 students. Funding supported awards to approximately 32,000 students.
Fiscal Year 2017 Funding will support awards to approximately 34,000 students.
Fiscal Year 2018 Funding will support awards to approximately 32,000 students.
Fiscal Year 2019 Funding will support awards to approximately 32,000 students.
Fiscal Year 2020 Funding will support awards to approximately 32,000 students.
Authorization
Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, Subpart 9, Title IV, Part A
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Undergraduate and graduate students completing coursework or other requirements necessary to begin a career in teaching. Students must attend an institution of higher education that provides high-quality teacher preparation and professional development services; is financially sound; provides, or assists in the provision, of pedagogical coursework; and provides, or assists in the provision, of supervision and support services to teachers.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Students must have a grade-point-average (GPA) comparable to a 3.25 on a scale of zero to 4.0, except that, if the student is in the first year of undergraduate education, the grade point average is determined based on the student's cumulative secondary school grade point average. A student applying for a grant to obtain a graduate degree must be a teacher or a retiree from another occupation with expertise in a field in which there is a shortage of teachers; grants for graduate education may also be obtained by a student who is or was a teacher who is pursuing high-quality alternative certification. In addition, students must sign an agreement to serve as a full-time teacher for not less than four years within eight years of completing the course of study for which they received a TEACH Grant. Service must be performed at a school serving a primarily disadvantaged population and must be in one of the following fields: mathematics, science, a foreign language, bilingual education, special education, as a reading specialist, or in another field documented as high-need. Students must also agree to provide evidence of qualifying employment upon completion of each year of service. Failure to complete the service requirements results in the student's TEACH Grants being treated as Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, with interest accrued from the date of award. Students must also sign a statement of educational purpose, not owe a refund on a Title IV grant, and not be in default on a Title IV loan. Eligible males that are at least 18 years old and born after December 31, 1959, can receive aid only if they have registered with the Selective Service.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Students must complete a FAFSA and complete an agreement to serve and submit it to the Department of Education.
Award Procedure
Institutions act as disbursing agents for the Department of Education. The institution that the student attends disburses the TEACH Grants based on the enrollment status of the student.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 2 to 4 weeks.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Students who have applied in the previous award year must continue to meet all eligibility requirements and reaffirm their intention to fulfill the service requirements before obtaining subsequent grants.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Undergraduate and graduate students completing coursework or other requirements necessary to begin a career in teaching. Students must attend an institution of higher education that provides high-quality teacher preparation and professional development services; is financially sound; provides, or assists in the provision, of pedagogical coursework; and provides, or assists in the provision, of supervision and support services to teachers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
Annual audits will be made.
Records
All records pertaining to the eligibility of each TEACH Grant recipient and all fiscal management records must be maintained by the institution for a period of three years or until an acceptable audit has been completed, whichever is later. Selected students will have the information on their applications verified.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Students are limited to one TEACH Grant during an academic year. Funds for these grants will likely be disbursed at least twice during an academic year. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Federal Student Aid Information Center,
Federal Student Aid, Department of Education, P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044-0084 US
studentaidhelp@ed.gov
Phone: (800) 433-3243.
Website Address
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
Financial Information
Account Identification
91-0206-0-1-502
Obligations
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 18$88,979,000.00; FY 19 est $95,800,000.00; FY 20 est $97,173,000.00; FY 17$90,955,000.00; FY 16$91,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.