Federal TEACH Grant

The Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a federal grant program available to graduate students that requires a service agreement, and converts to a loan if the terms of the service agreement are not met.

TEACH Grant funds may only be used for a student's first graduate degree.

The Federal TEACH Grant allows up to $4,000 per year for full-time graduate students. 

Summer Term - Students who enroll in the summer term may be eligible for up to an additional $2,000. 

Amounts are prorated according to enrollment levels per term.

The total amount of TEACH Grant a graduate student may receive is $8,000. 

Service Agreement

In exchange for receiving a Federal TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field, in a school that serves low-income students (see below for more information on high-need fields and schools serving low-income students).

Recipients of a Federal TEACH Grant must teach for at least four years within eight years of completing the program of study for which the Federal TEACH Grant was received. 

Failure to Complete Service Obligation

If you fail to complete this service obligation, the U.S. Department of Education will convert all Federal TEACH Grants funds you received to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant(s) disbursed.

TEACH Eligibility

Student Eligibility

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - you do not have to demonstrate financial need
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Be enrolled as a graduate student in a Federal TEACH Grant-eligible program
  • Meet certain academic requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)
  • Sign a Federal TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • High Needs Fields
    • Mathematics
    • Science 
    • Foreign Language
    • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
    • Special Education
    • Reading Specialist

TEACH Eligible Programs at Longwood

Master of Science-Education
  • Special Education General Curriculum Plus One
  • Reading, Literacy & Learning
  • Special Education General Curriculum Initial Licensure
  • Special Education General Curriculum Fifth Year – Liberal Studies/Special Education

Notification of Eligibility

If you meet the requirements, you will receive an invitation to participate in the TEACH Grant program.

We will send information on the required grant counseling which will explain the commitment you are making by accepting this grant. 

You will then be required to sign an "Agreement to Serve" contract with the federal government before the funds are disbursed to your account.