TEACH Grant Service Obligation - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Each year that you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign an Agreement to Serve and TEACH Grant Counseling on the U.S Department of Education TEACH Grant website at http://teach-ats.ed.gov. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve and TEACH Grant Counseling explains the terms and conditions of the service obligation you must agree to fulfill as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant. By signing the Agreement to Serve and completing Counseling, you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge your understanding that if you do not fulfill the service obligation, the TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a loan that you must repay.
  • You must be a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. High-need fields are bilingual education and English language acquisition, foreign language, mathematics, reading specialist, science, and special education, as well as other fields included in the annual Teacher shortage Area Nationwide Listing. For information regarding high-need field, please visit the Federal Student Aid website at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach.
  • You must serve for at least four years (in an eight year period) as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. You must meet both the high-need area and low-income family requirements.
  • To keep the money as a grant, you must meet all the criteria, including teaching in a 'high-need field'. The TEACH Grant Program provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to a student who agrees to serve for at least four years as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
  • To keep the money as a grant, you must meet all the criteria of your service obligations described in your agreement to serve.
  • If you do not fulfill your agreement to serve, the grant(s) you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan and you will have to repay it/them with interest. Once converted to a loan, they cannot be converted back to a grant. However, you should consult the School District listing of Title I Schools.
  • TEACH Grant is a nationwide program; you may perform your service obligation in any state. You must be a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
  • Yes, you must teach at least four years as a full-time teacher within an eight year period of time.
  • The interest on your converted grant starts accruing from the original disbursement date of the grant.
  • You must teach at least four years as a full-time teacher within an eight-year period of time.
  • No, you must be a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.