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What is the TEACH Grant?
The TEACH Grant Program will provide up to $3,712 per year (up to $7,424 total for graduate studies) in grants to master's level students who plan to teach full-time in high-need subject areas at schools that serve students from low-income families. Full-time students (12+ credits/points) may receive up to $3,712 per academic year, while three-quarter time students (9-11 credits/points), half-time students (6-8 credits/points), and less-than-half-time students (1-5 credits/points) may receive lesser amounts that correlate with their enrollment.

How did the federal budget sequestration affect the TEACH Grant?
The federal sequestration caused the TEACH Grant allocations to be reduced. Previously, students were able to receive up to $4,000 per year in TEACH Grant funding, however, that is no longer the case. The most you are able to receive per year is $3,712.

I am in another grant program that has a service component similar to the TEACH Grant. Will I be able to use my service to satisfy that requirement both programs at once?
Yes. For example, if you receive the TEACH Grant and some other form of grant that requires a teaching component, you will be able to use your teaching time to fulfill both of those service components at once.

How do I apply for the TEACH Grant?
Beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year, students in TEACH Grant-eligible programs will automatically see the TEACH Grant offered on their financial aid packages. An institutional TEACH Grant application will not be required. If you do not want to receive the TEACH Grant after seeing it on your aid package, please contact our office in late July to acquire the appropriate form needed to decline it. Declining the TEACH Grant will not affect other aid for which you may be eligible. If you want to receive the TEACH Grant in 2013-2014, you will need to complete the FAFSA, then complete the Teachers College TEACH Grant application, which is available on our website and in our office. If you are awarded, we will e-mail you with directions on how to accept the grant. After the 2013-2014 year closes, institutional TEACH Grant applications will no longer be needed.

How often are TEACH Grant applications reviewed?
The TEACH Grant applications are reviewed every semester.  The award amounts are determined after the add/drop period ends because it is based on your enrollment and your Grade Point Average (GPA). If you are a new student, the GPA from your most recent transcript will be used during the TEACH Grant review process. The TEACH Grant applications will not be reviewed until after the add/drop period. You will be notified of a decision via e-mail.

Where can I learn more about the TEACH Grant?
You can learn more about the TEACH Grant by following this link or by contacting our Associate Director, Ana Lissette Bonilla, at