The Federal TEACH is available to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families for four years within eight years of completing their degree leading to a career in teaching. To receive a TEACH Grant, you must meet the following criteria annually:
- Complete the Free Application for Federal
- Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not need to demonstrate financial need
- Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible non-citizen
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student
- Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching
- Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
- Complete TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling
- Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
- Complete a Marshall University TEACH Grant Application and be approved
Students who change into a program of study that is not Federal TEACH Grant-eligible, cease to be enrolled, or graduate must complete Federal TEACH Grant Exit Counseling at https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.
If you do not meet the terms of the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), your Federal Teach Grant will convert into a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, with interest accrued and capitalized from the date of original disbursement.
The Federal TEACH Grant program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students; however, due to the automatic federal budget cuts, known as sequestration since October 1, 2014, the award amount for the TEACH Grant has been reduced. Learn how sequestration affects the annual award amount for the Federal TEACH Grant by clicking here.