This program was established by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 to help teachers manage their college expenses and to increase the number of qualified teachers serving in high-need fields.


Eligible full-time students may receive up to $2,000 per term. This amount will be adjusted for less than full-time enrollment. The maximum total for undergraduate students is $16,000 and $8,000 for graduate students. (Due to federal sequestration, TEACH awards first disbursed after March 1, 2013, are subject to change.)


Students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens completing the coursework required to become a teacher. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must serve as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students for a minimum of 4 years within 8 years of graduation.

This grant reverts to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan (with interest accrued from the date of each grant disbursement) if students don’t complete teaching requirements.

Please note that students who have a felony conviction may not be successful in obtaining a teaching position and therefore would not be able to fulfill the required teaching service.

Academic Requirements

Eligible students must be enrolled in one of the following approved education programs:

Undergraduate majors:

  • All education majors
  • Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • French
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Spanish

Undergrad students must score above the 75th percentile on an admissions entrance test (e.g., ACT, SAT) or have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 GPA (high school GPA for first-year undergrads, college GPA for continuing and transfer students).

Graduate programs:

  • M.A. in Education K-12
  • M.A. in Literacy Education
  • M.A. in Special Education
  • M.A. in Teaching

Graduate students must be pursuing a master’s degree to be eligible (licensure-only students are not eligible). Graduate students who are not current teachers must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 from their most recent schooling; however, students who are current teachers or who are retiring and have expertise in a subject in which there is a shortage of teachers have no GPA requirement.

Failure to Complete Teaching Service

If you don’t complete the required teaching service or other requirements, your grant will convert to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. The loan must be repaid in full, with interest (accrued from the date of each grant disbursement), to the Department of Education. Once a TEACH Grant is converted to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.

Exit Counseling Required

After graduating or withdrawing from school, students must complete online TEACH Exit Counseling through the U.S. Department of Education on the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

How to Apply

  1. Apply for aid through Bethel and complete your FAFSA.
  2. Complete online TEACH Grant Counseling and the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS).

Apply for Aid

More Information

Get fact sheets, see frequently asked questions, and read more details about the TEACH Grant Program.