TEACH Grant

*Until further guidance is provided by the U.S. Department of Education, TEACH Grant awards disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6.0 percent.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a non-need based grant program that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who are enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school for a least four years within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded.

If you are eligible for the TEACH Grant, you must complete both TEACH Grant Counseling and an Agreement to Serve in addition to our internal form.

To receive a TEACH Grant?

To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or graduate student at Saint Martin's University.
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Receive confirmation from the Education Department of your eligibility
  • Complete the online TEACH Grant counseling - that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. You must complete counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

What are high need fields?

High need fields include:

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading specialist
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Any other field that has been identified as high need by the federal or state government.

*If you plan to teach in a high-need field, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either at the time you begin your qualifying teaching service or at the time you received a teach grant.

What are the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant Service obligation?

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to the following:

  • You must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program(s) for which you received TEACH Grant funds.
  • You must perform the teaching service as a highly qualified teacher at a low-income school or educational service agency.
  • Your teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • You must provide the U.S. Department of Education with documentation of your progress toward completing your service obligation.
  • If you do not meet the requirements of your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized loan. You must repay this loan in full; with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

For a full list of high needs schools please visit: www.tcli.ed.gov

For more information about the TEACH Grant please visit: https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action