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 to amend Title IV, Part A, of the Higher Education Act.

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 in high-need fields can be used to cover the cost of tuition and related expenses. Students at eligible institutions qualify to receive TEACH grants by scoring in the top 25th percentile on college admissions tests such as the SAT or ACT and remain eligible by maintaining at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA.

Upon completion of their program, grantees must 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.

Due to sequestration, the maximum award amount for award year 2016-17 was reduced by 6.9%, to $3,724 (see this announcement from the U.S. Department of Education).

In order to offer TEACH grants, both the teacher preparation program and the host institution must meet eligibility requirements. For details, see the U.S. Department of Education Office of Federal Student Aid as well as the TEACH grant website. For the 2016-17 academic year, institutions in every state, Puerto Rico, and Guam disbursed TEACH grants.

Summary of TEACH Grants

To be updated as the U.S. Department of Education releases data on this program.

  Number of Institutions Disbursing Funds Total Funds Disbursed Number of Grant Recipients
2008-09

501

$37,329,985

11,820

2009-10

731

$95,774,525

30,674

2010-11

802

$120,171,176

38,468

2011-12

803

$117,873,150

37,972

2012-13

785

$94,150,755

32,377

2013-14

791

$96,513,421

32,937

2014-15

780

$81,351,421

28,468

2015-16

774

$89,427,922

30,816

2016-17 (Q3, YTD)

742

$72,021,711

26,334

Total

 

$804,614,066

269,866


Download a printable PDF on TEACH grants here.

Last Updated August 2017


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