TEACH Grant Program for Graduate Students

How to Apply for a TEACH Grant

Graduate Students who are admitted to a qualifying program* in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida and who are interested in applying for the TEACH Grant should take the following steps:

  1. Review the TEACH Grants Calendar for application deadlines. You may not apply after the deadline.
    Summer 2017 Flowchart and Application Deadlines
  2. Read through the Introduction to TEACH Grants PowerPoint. This PowerPoint provides crucial information for applying. You can only complete the application AFTER you have read the PowerPoint.
  3. Complete the Agreement to Serve (ATS). The link for this form can be found at the end of the
    Introduction to TEACH Grants PowerPoint
    The ATS must be completed every semester to continue TEACH Grant funding.
  4. If you have further questions, please review the information provided on this web page as well as the Frequently Asked Questions.
  5. If you are currently teaching you are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0
    If you’re not currently teaching you are required to maintain a GPA of 3.25
  6. For more information regarding TEACH Grant Conversion to Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, please review the provided PowerPoint.

*A list of graduate programs that qualify for TEACH Grants can be found in the High- Need Fields section.


*HIGH-NEED FIELDS: The federal government has identified several high-need fields. The following high-need fields are available for Education majors in the College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida:

  • Exceptional Education (M.A., M.Ed.)
  • K-8 Mathematics and Science Education (M.Ed.)
  • Mathematics Education (M.A.T. – Initial Certification)
  • Reading Education (M.Ed.)
  • Science Education (M.A.T. – Initial Certification)
  • Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. (Mathematics Education Track)
  • Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. (Science Education Track)

 

DEFINITION: The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a grant program authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.

Those students pursuing a master's degree in teaching are eligible for scholarships up to $4,000 per year in grants to a maximum of $8,000 for a two-year master's program.

Please note: Grant amounts are determined based on the number of semester hours for which a student is enrolled.

Students who applied for and received TEACH Grant funding before
 March 1, 2013
receive the following amounts for TEACH Grants:

Annual TEACH Grant Limits for Fall and Spring

Full Time
Half Time
Less than Half Time
Credit Hours
9 hours
4.5 hours
Less than 4.5 hours
Award Amount
$2000
$1000
$500

Students who applied for and received TEACH Grant funding after
 March 1, 2013 and before October 1, 2013
receive the following amounts for TEACH Grants:

Annual TEACH Grant Limits for Fall and Spring

Full Time
Half Time
Less than Half Time
Credit Hours
9 hours
4.5 hours
Less than 4.5 hours
Award Amount
$1880
$940
$470

Students who applied for and received TEACH Grant funding after
 October 1, 2013
receive the following amounts for TEACH Grants:

Annual TEACH Grant Limits for Fall and Spring

Full Time
Half Time
Less than Half Time
Credit Hours
9 hours
4.5 hours
Less than 4.5 hours
Award Amount
$1856
$928
$464

Annual TEACH Grant Summer Limit
(If there is award eligibility remaining)

Full Time
Half Time
Summer Credit Hours
6 hours
Less than 3 hours

To qualify for a TEACH Grant, you must:

  • be fully admitted to a UCF College of Education and Human Performance
  • be fully admitted TEACH Grant-eligible program
  • be enrolled in a high-need education major
  • agree to teach full time in a low income school and high-need field for a minimum of four years within eight years after completing a baccalaureate or master’s degree.

A TEACH Grant recipient who does not complete the required teaching service within eight years of completing the academic program, must repay the TEACH Grant as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest, accrued from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.

ELIGIBILITY: Students identified as pursuing a degree in a high-need field who agree to the terms of the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve may be eligible to receive a TEACH Grant. Student eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (Students do not need to demonstrate financial need.)
  • Be accepted and enrolled as a graduate student in the College of Education and Human Performance and in a TEACH Grant-eligible program (high-need field).
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.
  • Meet academic qualifications by one of the following means:
    • For graduate students who are currently teaching and enrolled in ME.d. programs - maintain at least a cumulative 3.0 (overall) grade point average through the most recent payment period.
    • For graduate students in MA programs - maintain a minimum 3.25 grade point average through the most recent payment period.
  • Maintain good academic progress with required GPAs as described above.
  • Sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve after attending an initial TEACH Grant counseling session.
  • Students pursuing a master's degree must be admitted to the UCF College of Graduate Studies.

TEACH GRANT RECIPIENT OBLIGATIONS: A TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve must be signed each year that a student receives a TEACH Grant. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, including the teaching service requirements.

  • Individuals must serve as a full-time teacher for a total of at least four academic years within eight calendar years after completing or withdrawing from the academic program for which he/she received the TEACH Grant.
  • Individuals must perform the teaching service as a highly-qualified teacher at a low-income school.
  • The teaching service must be in a high-need field.
  • Individuals must comply with any other requirements that the Department of Education determines to be necessary.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you do not complete the required teaching service obligation, TEACH Grant funds received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan that must be repaid with interest charged from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.


INTERESTED STUDENTS SHOULD:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although they do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be accepted and enrolled as a qualified undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Education and Human Performance in a high-need field. Graduate students must also be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (for M.Ed., maintain a cumulative/overall grade point average of 3.0. For M.A students, maintain a cumulative/overall grade point average of 3.25).

QUALIFIED STUDENTS WILL:

  • Be required to complete a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (through the College of Education and Human Performance TEACH Grants website) each semester they receive a TEACH Grant;
  • Complete an exit counseling session at the time they declare their Intent to Graduate.

Disclaimer: This page provides a preliminary summary of the TEACH Grant Program based on the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007. The information on this page is subject to change and is not binding on the Department of Education, nor the University of Central Florida, College of Education.

Please see the TEACH Grant Program resources at the following websites:


CONTACT

Dr. Carolyn Hopp