Federal TEACH Grant

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Is a TEACH Grant right for you? The federal TEACH Grant Program provides a grant of up to $4,000 per academic year to full time graduate students who are completing or plan to complete the course work needed to become teachers. Pro-rated TEACH Grants are available to students attending less than full time. The total amount of TEACH Grant a student may receive is $8,000.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

  • in a high-need field 
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families 
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant

It is important to know that if you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf). 

To apply for a TEACH grant at Mount Holyoke College you must:

  • Complete a FAFSA
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be enrolled as a graduate student in an educator licensure program
  • Maintain a 3.25 GPA
  • Meet with an advisor in your graduate program to determine your eligibility
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and a TEACH Grant Counseling form

If you think the TEACH grant may be right for you, please review the Federal TEACH grant website for more information and be in touch with your graduate advisor to determine your eligibility.