Federal TEACH Grant
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students enrolled in an eligible program and who agree to teach in a high-need field (DOC), at a low income elementary or secondary school as a highly qualified teacher.
Students will be required to sign a service agreement and complete all required counseling prior to receiving a TEACH Grant. Failure to meet the service agreement requirements will result in all TEACH Grant funds being converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan, which will accrue interest from the date the funds were applied to the student’s account, and will need to be repaid.
The University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education will provide a list of eligible students to the Office of Financial Aid, who will then notify the students of the requirements of the TEACH program.
To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:
- Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- Be enrolled as a full time or certified full-time post-baccalaureate or graduate student to receive the full award. May be enrolled with a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester in order to receive a pro-rated award.
- Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
- A signed TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and counseling are required.
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25.
To receive a TEACH Grant, a student must sign an agreement to serve. This document explains the following requirements of the program:
- Serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received.
- Teach at a school or educational service agency serving low-income students.
- Comply with the requirements for being a highly qualified teacher.
- Teach (in the majority of classes) in a high-need field (DOC), which includes subjects on the nationwide shortage area list.
- Upon completion of each year of service, provide certification of that service from the chief administrative officer of the school or educational service agency;
- If the student fails or refuses to carry out the service obligation in the required timeframe, the student must repay as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan the total amount of all TEACH Grants received, with interest accrued as of the date the funds were applied to the student’s account.
TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligations students agree to meet as a condition to receive the TEACH Grant.
Students must complete counseling each year a TEACH Grant is received. Counseling should be completed before signing an agreement to serve for that year.
TEACH Grant recipients are required to complete an exit counseling session upon withdrawing or graduating from their program of study. The exit counseling session will provide information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
The University at Buffalo offers the following programs that qualify as high need fields for TEACH Grant eligibility:
- Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Option
- Childhood Education with Bilingual Option
- English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
- Languages other than English (LOTE): French, German, Latin, Spanish
- Mathematics Education
- Science Education: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics
- Literary Specialist
Visit the Graduate School of Education for more information on these courses.
The Budget Control Act of 2011, also known as the sequester, put into place federal budget cuts that affect the TEACH Grant awards. Award disbursements made after Oct. 1, 2016 and prior to Oct. 1, 2017, will include a reduction of 6.9 percent from the original statutory award amount regardless of when any subsequent disbursement of the award is made.
|Enrollment Status||Annual Award||Award Total after Required 6.9% Reduction|
|Less-than-1/2-time (3 credit hours minimum)||$1,000.00||$931.00/year ($465.50/semester)|
A student may receive up to $8,000 for TEACH-eligible master’s degree program. The award will be posted on HUB assuming full time registration and will be adjusted to current registration after semester census.
Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.