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
- Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
- Foreign Language
- Reading Specialists
- Special Education
- Other teacher shortage areas as designated by your state at the time you begin teaching
- You can view a list of teacher shortage areas for Iowa by visiting https://www.educateiowa.gov/teacher-shortage-areas
- You can view a list of nationwide teacher shortage areas by visiting https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.html
- 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 studentloans.gov
- TEACH Grant renewal applications will be emailed late April or early May. If you did not receive a renewal application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Teach Grant Disbursed 2016-17||Teach Grant Disbursed 2017-18|
|Maximum Award Amounts||October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017||October 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|