Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. To be considered for a Federal TEACH Grant, students must initiate the process of completing an Agreement to Serve (ATS) and TEACH Grant Counseling. Recipients of a TEACH Grant must agree to the following:

  • Serve as a full-time highly qualified teacher at a school serving low income students in a high-need field.
  • Serve for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the program of study for which you received a TEACH Grant.

If you receive a TEACH Grant but do not complete the required four years of teaching service within eight years after you complete (or otherwise cease to be enrolled in) the program for which you received the grant, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay with interest. The Department’s TEACH Grant Servicer oversees your grant account until you meet your service obligation.

Impact of Sequestration on the Federal TEACH Grant Program:  

Award amounts for any TEACH Grant that are first disbursed after October 1, 2017 must be reduced by 6.6% from the maximum award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $264 resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,736. This increase only applies when the first disbursement of a TEACH Grant award is made after October 1, 2017. TEACH Grants disbursed prior to October 1, 2017 must be reduced by 6.9 percent, resulting in a maximum award of $3,724.

Below are the maximum TEACH Grant amounts based on enrollment:

Type of Enrollment

TEACH Grant Amount (before sequestration)

Full-time enrollment


Three-quarters enrollment


Half-time enrollment


Less than half-time enrollment


LMU TEACH Grant Awarding Policy

  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Have and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA.
  4. Undergraduate students must have formally declared a minor in the School of Education in Elementary, Secondary, Bilingual or Special Education. Students are allowed to declare a minor after achieving junior standing therefore LMU does not award the TEACH Grant to freshman or sophomore level students. Students interested in a career in teaching should visit the School of Education, Center for Undergraduate Teaching Preparation.

Students who are graduating, cease to receive a TEACH Grant in a following academic year, or are enrolled less than half time must complete TEACH Grant exit counseling at studentloans.gov. For more detailed information, please review the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling Guide here.