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

A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a low.

A TEACH Grant can help you pay for college if you plan to become a teacher in a high-need field in a low-income area.

You'll be required to teach for a certain length of time, so make sure you understand your obligation. .

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What is a Teach Grant?

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.


  • For any 2015–16 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2014, and before Oct. 1, 2015, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 7.3 percent ($292), resulting in a maximum award of $3,708.
  • For any 2015–16 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2015, and before Oct. 1, 2016, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.8 percent ($272), resulting in a maximum award of $3,728.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach

  • in a high-need field
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf).

Who can get a TEACH Grant?

To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:  

  • Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
  • Complete the Freee Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA*).
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, postbaccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program. CSUSB College of Education is a TEACH-Grant eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25). For specific information about the academic requirements, talk to the financial aid office at your college or career school.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.

Read more about the TEACH Grant program terms and conditions.

What are high-need fields?

High-need fields are  

  • bilingual education and English language acquisition,
  • foreign language,
  • mathematics, computer education
  • reading specialist,
  • English, drama, and humanities
  • history, social sciences
  • science, all levels
  • self-contained classrooms (multiple subject)
  • special education, include State special schools
  • any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and that is included in the annual Teacher Shortage Area Network Listing (Nationwide List).

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