TEACH Grant Information

What is the TEACH Grant?

The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years:

  • as a highly qualified teacher;
  • at a school servicing low-income students; and
  • in a high-need field

It is a grant of up to $4,000 per academic year, not to exceed $16,000 for undergraduate students and not to exceed $8,000 for graduate students.  This grant is to assist students in paying for their college education.  In return, the student must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.  As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, you must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant. This teaching requirement is known as your TEACH Grant service obligation.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford 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) was disbursed.  Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a 6-month grace period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan.

Who is eligible for the TEACH Grant at Millersville University?

  • Since the TEACH Grant is likely to turn into a loan for many students studying education (the U.S. Department of Education anticipates 86% will turn into loans), we will be limiting the recipients to students studying in the Urban Education Program.  These students are likely to have the TEACH Grant remain as a grant since they are most likely to meet the required conditions after graduation.  For more information about the Urban Education Program, please contact Dr. John Ward at 717-872-3835
  • Satisfactory complete the following courses:

- EDFN 211 - Foundations of Modern Education

- EDFN 241 - Psyc Foundation of Teaching

- EDFN 398 - Philadelphia Urban Immersion Seminar (Perspective Course)

  • Have a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
  • Have earned at least 60 credits (Junior Status)
  • Students at Millersville University studying in the Post-Baccalaureate Program are NOT eligible for the TEACH Grant since we offer a bachelor's degree in teaching and students in the bachelor's degree program could be TEACH Grant eligible - this is a requirement by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • For more information about the TEACH Grant, please see the Department of Education's TEACH Grant Program website.
  • Students who receive the TEACH Grant must be teaching in a high-need field:
    • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition.
    • Foreign Language.
    • Mathematics.
    • Reading Specialist.
    • Science.
    • Special Education.
    • Other identified teacher shortage areas as of the time you begin teaching in that field. These are teacher subject shortage areas (not geographic areas) that are listed in the Department of Educations Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing. To access the listing, please go to http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc.
  • Students who receive the TEACH Grant must also teach in schools serving low-income students - to access the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits, please go to https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.
  • Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013, must be reduced by 12.6% from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $504, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,496.

Requirements for the TEACH Grant

To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:


  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in course work that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 - the GPA will be checked at the end of each spring term.
  • The TEACH Grant will be prorated based on a student's enrollment per semester:
    • For a full-time student (undergraduate 12 or more credits), the award amount will be $2000 per semester
    • For a 3/4-time student (undergraduate 9 - 11.9 credits), the award amount will be $1500 per semester
    • For a 1/2-time student (undergraduate 6 - 8.9 credits), the award amount will be $1000 per semester
    • For a less than half-time student (undergraduate 3 - 5.9 credits), the award amount will be $500 per semester

To get started and complete the following requirements, you can go to the TEACH Grant Website.

  • Complete the TEACH Grant Counseling - students must complete the Initial and Subsequent Counseling - it will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant.  You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling each year you receive a TEACH Grant and must be completed before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year.  The counseling session consists of a TEACH Grant Overview and three additional sections that cover the following topics in detail:
    • Your TEACH Grant ATS
    • Your Service Obligation
    • Conversion of a TEACH Grant to a Loan.
    • See our financial aid forms website for a downloadable version of the information provided in the TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS) - you must sign a new ATS each year you receive a TEACH Grant.  It is a legally binding document that:
    • Explains your TEACH Grant service obligation;
    • Explains the conditions under which your TEACH Grant may be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan; and
    • Describes the repayment terms and conditions that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a loan.