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The TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a federal financial aid grant program available to students enrolled in eligible programs. Students who receive a TEACH Grant must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school as a highly qualified teacher, full-time for at least four years. Students must meet the teaching requirements within eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. The student is required to sign a service agreement to this effect and complete all required counseling to receiving a TEACH Grant.

General Qualifications for the TEACH Grant

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a valid FAFSA on file with the University and have an official EFC
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted and enrolled in a TEACH eligible program and coursework at your University
  • Have earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 or greater or meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admission test)
  • Complete required TEACH Grant initial and subsequent counseling
  • Sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • Meet standard eligibility criteria for all Federal Title IV financial aid, such as not being in default on a student loan and maintaining satisfactory academic progress

TEACH Grant High-Needs Fields

More than half of the classes you teach during each school year must be in a high-need field. Teacher shortage areas which qualify for TEACH service requirements are identified in the Teacher Shortage Areas annual listing. High-need fields across the nation are in schools that serve low income students.

For 2015-2016, the following are additional California Statewide Academic Disciplines or Subject Matter fields identified in the Nationwide Listing* are (p. 25):

  • English/Drama/Humanities
  • History/Social Science
  • Mathematics/Computer Education
  • Science
  • Self-Contained Class
  • Special Education (Including State Special Schools)

*Published annually

To search the Nationwide Listing, please visit

 Awards at Your Campus

Visit your campus center and Financial Aid website for information about how to get a TEACH Grant at your campus:

IMPORTANT: If the candidate fails or refuses to meet the requirements of the service agreement, the TEACH Grant(s) converts to a Direct Unsubsidized loan(s), and the candidate must repay the TEACH funds, with interest accrued from the date of disbursement.

To learn more about the TEACH Grant please visit the CSU TEACH Grant Page