Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants provide aid directly to postsecondary students who are training to become teachers. The program provides grants up to $4,000 per year and up to $16,000 total for bachelor’s studies or $8,000 total for master’s studies for tuition, fees, and other housing costs to students who commit to teaching high-need subjects in low-income schools after completing their postsecondary education. Bonus TEACH Grants of $500 per year or $2,000 total for a bachelor’s or master’s program are available to individuals retiring from careers in high-need fields who are also eligible for TEACH Grants. The TEACH Grant program was authorized by Congress in 2007.
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the grants and must agree to serve as full-time mathematics, science, foreign language, bilingual education, special education, or reading teachers in high-need schools for at least four years within eight years of graduating. Current teachers, retirees from other occupations, and those who became teachers through alternative certification routes are also eligible for TEACH Grants to help pay for the costs of obtaining graduate degrees. Individuals who fail to complete the agreed upon service in high-need schools and subjects are required to pay back their TEACH Grants as unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
In fiscal year 2013, the U.S. Department of Education expects that 39,017 students will receive grants under the program for a total cost of $116 million. The President’s 2014 Budget Request would phase out the program and replace it with a Presidential Teaching Fellows program. The fiscal year 2013 request includes $149 million for the Fellows program, and $30 million in continuing TEACH Grant awards.
For information on other student grant programs, see also: