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Federal TEACH Grant

TEACH Grant Basics

The Federal TEACH Grant was established in 2008 to provide grant support to students who are committed to teach in teacher shortage fields in low-income serving schools. Recipients are required to teach as a highly qualified teacher in a high-need field at a low-income school for 4 years within 8 years of completing their program. If a student fails to fulfill their service obligation, their Federal TEACH Grant will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Interest will then be calculated from the point the grant funds were originally disbursed to the recipient.

Detailed information about this program is available on the U.S. Department of Education’s TEACH Grant website.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online TEACH Grant Initial Counseling session to be sure this is an appropriate program for you. (This counseling session may be completed for informational purposes and does NOT commit you to participation in the program.)
  2. Take time to consider this opportunity. When you are ready to commit to the required service for the TEACH Grant, sign an Agreement to Serve with the U.S. Department of Education.
  3. Complete the Lewis & Clark Federal TEACH Grant Application and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.
  4. After we confirm that you meet the academic eligibility requirement, verify your teaching specialty, and we receive both the L&C Federal TEACH Grant Application and notification that the Agreement to Serve has been signed, we will award the Federal TEACH Grant.

Students who are graduating or leaving their TEACH Grant program must complete TEACH Grant Exit Counseling online through the website.

Highly Qualified Teacher

To have teaching service count toward the TEACH Grant service obligation, recipients must meet the definition of a Highly Qualified Teacher. The U.S. Department of Education discusses the specific definitions of a Highly Qualified Teacher.

High-Need Fields

  • Math
  • Science
  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Special Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • Other high-need fields defined at the state level

Low-Income Serving School

To satisfy the terms of the TEACH Grant, teaching service must be performed at elementary or secondary schools (public/private) or educational service agencies serving low-income students that are listed in the annual Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory. In addition, elementary or secondary schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Education or operated on Indian reservations by Indian tribal groups under contract or grant with the BIE qualify as low-income schools.

Conversion to Loan

Should a TEACH Grant recipient fail to perform the service obligation of the TEACH Grant, their funds will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Once a grant has been converted to a loan it cannot be changed back. The loan must be repaid in full with interest calculated retroactively from the date the funds were originally disbursed.