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TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH) provides up to $4,000 a year in grants to students who are willing to commit to teach full time in a high-need field at a low income school.

If you do not complete the four-year teaching obligation, this grant will convert to an unsubsidized direct loan

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant you must:

  • Complete the requirements outlined in the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
  • Be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher.
  • Obtain an education degree in a high-need subject area.
  • Complete four years of teaching within eight years of graduation at a school serving low-income students.

More details can be found on Federal Student Aid's TEACH Fact Sheet

Is It Worth It?

    The annual maximum TEACH grant is up to $4,000.
    The award will be prorated for less than full time enrollment.

    Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree can receive a total of $16,000 during their undergraduate program.  Masters level students can receive up to a total of $8,000 in addition to any amounts received as an undergraduate.

    Note: All amount are subject to change based on federal appropriations.

How do I Qualify?
  • Be admitted to the College of Education and complete the degree in a high need teacher education field as identified below:

    Campus

    Description

    Degree

    Tampa

    Foreign Language Education

    B.A. or M.A.T.

    Tampa

    Math Education

    M.A.T.

    Tampa

    Science Education

    B.S. or M.A.T.

    Tampa

    Gifted Education

    M.E.d

    Tampa

    Reading Specialist

    M. A.

    Tampa

    Special Education

    B.S. or M.A.T.

    Tampa

    Middle School Mathematics (5-9)

    M.A.T.

    Tampa

    Mathematics Education (6-12)

    M.A.T.

    Sarasota

    Special Education

    B.A. or B.S.

    St. Pete

    Special Education

    B.S. or M.A.T.

    St. Pete

    Reading Education

    M.A.

    Polytechnic

    Reading Education

    M.A.

  • Meet the academic achievement requirement of any one of the two listed below:
    • Have an overall UG/GR GPA of at least 3.25 or document a score above 75th percentile on an admission test (SAT, ACT, or GRE)
    • Current and retired teachers from another occupation with expertise in a high-need field who are seeking a master’s degree.
  • If no admission test documented, must maintain a cumulative undergraduate/graduate GPA of at least 3.25 to be awarded in subsequent terms.
  • Be willing to teach in a high need field for four years at a low income elementary or secondary school.
  • TEACH grants are only awarded to students who are seeking initial certification.
How do I apply?

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Be sure to include USF’s school code, 001537, in the section that asks which schools should receive your results.

  2. MANDATORY - Attend a TEACH Grant Information Session in the College of Education
    Contact the College of Education representative at your campus for TEACH grant information session dates, and locations. You will not be able to complete the TEACH Grant Counseling or the Agreement to Serve until after you attend the information session and accepted your TEACH grant in OASIS.  The TEACH grant Information Session only needs to be completed once while you attend USF.

    College of Education Tampa Campus
    Information Session Date & Times

    Date

    Time

    Location

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    EDU 219

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    EDU 219

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    EDU 219


    College of Education St. Pete Campus
    Information Session Date & Times

    Date

    Time

    Location

    Thursday, February 6, 2014

    6:00 PM

    COQ 201

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    6:00 PM

    COQ 201

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    6:00 PM

    COQ 201

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

    6:00 PM

    COQ 201

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    6:00 PM

    COQ 201


  3. Complete the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling
    Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) and also complete the Initial and Subsequent Counseling, both are completed electronically at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/. After you accept your TEACH grant offer in OASIS you will then be able complete the Agreement to Serve and the Initial and Subsequent Counseling within 1-3 business days.

    The TEACH Grant ATS specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.

    After all the above steps are completed your TEACH grant award will be disbursed to your student account within 10 business days for the appropriate aid year.

  4. Exit Interview:

    When you cease enrollment or graduate from a TEACH grant eligible program, federal regulations require that you must complete an online exit interview through the U.S. Department of Education. The exit interview will discuss your agreement to serve and the conditions of your TEACH grant.
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