Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The Federal TEACH Grant is a grant available to students who are pursuing a first time bachelor’s degree or first master’s degree to teach in a shortage area. The grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan if the student does not meet the requirements of their Agreement to Serve.

In order to qualify for the TEACH grant, a student must:

  • Have a valid FAFSA on file
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale; OR
  • Score above the 75th percentile on a least one battery of an undergraduate; post-baccalaureate or graduate admissions exam
  • Be enrolled in a program that will lead to a career teaching in a high need subject

Eligible High Need Fields

Application Process

  • First-time TEACH Grant recipients must schedule a meeting with a TEACH Grant adviser to review your eligibility and discuss requirements.
  • Complete the Iowa State University TEACH Grant application (will be provided by TEACH Grant adviser)
  • Complete an annual Agreement to Serve (ATS) and counseling with the US Department of Education at www.studentloans.gov
  • TEACH Grant renewal applications will be emailed late April or early May. If you did not receive a renewal application, please contact financialaid@iastate.edu.

Award Amounts

Teach Grant Disbursed 2016-17Teach Grant Disbursed 2017-18
Maximum Award AmountsOctober 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018
Annual Award Limit$3,724$3,736
Aggregate Award Limit for Undergraduate Program$16,000$16,000
Aggregate Award Limit for Graduate Program$8,000$8,000

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