Federal 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 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

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialists
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Other teacher shortage areas as designated by your state at the time you begin teaching

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 studentaid.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 2019-20Teach Grant Disbursed 2018-19
Maximum Award AmountsOctober 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019
Annual Award Limit$3,764$3,752
Aggregate Award Limit for Undergraduate Program$16,000$16,000
Aggregate Award Limit for Graduate Program$8,000$8,000
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