Federal Policy and Legislation

TEACH Grants

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) grants are authorized in the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which was enacted into law in fall 2007. The U.S. Department of Education released final regulations for the program in June 2008.

These non-need-based grants are used to recruit teachers into hard-to-staff fields and hard-to-staff schools. Grants of up to $16,000 ($4,000/year) for undergraduates and $8,000 for graduate students preparing to be teachers can be used to cover the cost of tuition and related expenses. Grantees must then complete a 4-year teaching service obligation in a high-need field at a school that receives Title I funds. Note that if the service obligation is not completed, the TEACH grant funds convert to a loan for which the recipient is responsible.

In order to offer TEACH grants, both your program and your institution must meet eligibility requirements. For details, see the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid as well as its TEACH grant website.

For an overview of the program and the number of recipients by year, download our fact sheet or read the full statutory language on this program.

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