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TEACH Grant Program

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

Type of Aid

Grant does not have to be repaid provided that the service commitment is fulfilled.

Program Details

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • be enrolled as an undergraduate or a graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that participates in the TEACH Grant program
  • be enrolled in coursework necessary to begin in a career in teaching
  • be enrolled in an eligible, state-approved program
  • meet specific academic achievement requirements (e.g., score above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
  • sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve as well as complete initial, annual subsequent, and exit counseling
  • Students enrolled in the following state-approved NSU programs may be eligible to receive the TEACH Grant:

    • Bachelor of Science Programs:

      • Exceptional Student Education

      • Secondary Education: Biology

      • Secondary Education: Mathematics

      • Middle Grades General Science

  • For more information, review the TEACH Grant information on the Department of Education's website.

Annual Award Amounts

  • The original statutory TEACH Grant amount provided up to $2,000 per semester (up to $16,000 total) to students who intended to teach full-time in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students. Due to sequestration required changes to this program, the following award amounts apply:

2017-2018 Award Year

Impacted Awards Statutory Maximum Scheduled Award Amount Percentage Reduction From Statutory Award Amount Dollar Reduction Amount Adjusted Maximum Scheduled Award Amount
first disbursed on or after
Oct 1, 2016, and before Oct 1,
2017
$4,000 6.9 percent $276.00 $3,724.00
first disbursed on or 
after Oct 1, 2017, and before
Oct 1, 2018
$4,000 6.6 percent $264.00 $3,736.00

Fulfilling the Agreement to Serve Requirements

Within 120 days of ceasing enrollment in the program for which TEACH Grant funds were received, students must notify the Direct Loan Servicing Center in writing that they are either employed as full-time teachers in accordance with the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation or that they are not yet employed, but intend to meet the terms and conditions of the service obligation.

After ceasing enrollment, TEACH Grant Certification must be completed annually unless a subsequent TEACH Grant is received, the TEACH Grant is discharged, or a temporary suspension for completing the service obligation is granted. If this is not completed, all TEACH Grants funds received will convert to Direct Unsubsidized Loans with interest charged from the date of each initial disbursement.

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