Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students). As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.
Important: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.
Please consult the TEACH Grant Fact Sheet for more detailed information regarding this program. Should you meet the eligibility conditions and wish to apply, visit our Just Ask site and select the Request Something option on the main page, click Financial Aid, and select the TEACH GRANT Application box.
Please note: renewal students must reapply for the TEACH Grant each year by completing the most recent FAFSA, submitting the AU TEACH Grant application and by completing subsequent TEACH Entrance Counseling and then the Agreement to Serve.