TEACH Grant Program for Graduate Students

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

Below is a list of graduate programs that qualify for TEACH Grants.

High-Need Fields

The federal government has identified several high-need fields. The following high-need fields are available for Education majors in the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida:

  • Exceptional Education (MA, MEd)
  • K-8 Mathematics and Science Education (MEd)
  • Mathematics Education (MAT – Initial Certification)
  • Reading Education (MEd)
  • Science Education (MAT – Initial Certification)

Interested Students

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 UCF College of Community Innovation and Education 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 UCF College of Community Innovation and Education 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:

How to Apply for a TEACH Grant

Graduate Students who are admitted to a qualifying program* in the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education 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. See 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.