Teach Grants Page

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants

The TEACH (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) Grant Program provides grants up to $3,964.60 per year for students who intend to become a highly qualified teacher and teach in high-need fields at low income schools.  Eligible full-time students may receive $3,964.60 per year in TEACH Grant funds, up to a maximum of $13,984 for undergraduate and postbaccalaureate study, and $6,992 for graduate study. The program is available only to students enrolled in a high need teaching program at Fresno State.

GRANT  Requirements

  • agree to teach at a low-income elementary or secondary school, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s * Low-Income School Directory, and
  • agree to teach in a high need subject area such as:
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Foreign language
    • Special education
    • Reading specialist
  • agree to teach full-time for at least four years within eight years of completing the teaching program
  • be academically qualified:  have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • be enrolled in a high need teaching program
  • for additional information on high need areas see: HIGH NEED BY STATE

The TEACH Grant, combined with other assistance, cannot exceed the cost of attending Fresno State. To apply, students must:

  • Have a completed FAFSA for the academic year in which they are applying for the TEACH Grant;
  • Complete **TEACH Entrance Counseling each year before the award is made and complete TEACH Exit Counseling upon completing the teaching program;
  • Sign an “Agreement to Serve” each year that specifies the TEACH grant program service requirements;
  • Submit a Teach Grant Request Form each year and an Education Plan to the financial aid office;
  • The deadline for meeting all the above requirements is May 7th

Once a TEACH Grant is disbursed and you wish to cancel all or a portion of these funds you must provide Student Financial Services with a cancellation request no later than 14 days from the date of the disbursement.

To verify that recipients are meeting the terms of the TEACH grant program, the school site administrator  must provide evidence of their full-time employment in a high need subject area and at a low-income school each year for four years.

If the recipient fails to complete any of the requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, the grant converts to a FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED STUDENT LOAN that the student MUST pay back, with interest accruing from the date the funds were disbursed.  This includes:

  • NOT teaching in a high need subject area
  • NOT teaching at a designated low-income school
  • NOT teaching full-time for four years within eight-years of completing the teaching program.

There is NO credit for part-time teaching or partial fulfillment of service.
Once a grant becomes a loan, it stays a loan.
General information is also available on the web at: https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/index.action
If you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program at Fresno State, please contact the financial aid office at 278-2182.

* Low Income School Directoryhttps://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp

**On-line TEACH Grant Counseling website. https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action

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