The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000 a year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.


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, currently defined as:

  • Science
  • Math
  • Foreign Language
  • Special Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • ESL/Bilingual
  • Another subject listed on the state addition list
  • IL added standard elementary education in Chicago 299 as a high need subject for 2014-2017


In addition, the service must take place:

  • 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.

NOTE: TEACH Grants are awarded on a rolling basis so the student may receive more than the annual award amount if they are eligible all four terms of their program. 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).


Learn more at studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/teach