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

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

  • Exceptional Education (BS)
  • Foreign Language Education (BS)
  • Mathematics Education (BS)
  • Science Education (BS)

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

To qualify for a TEACH Grant, you must:

  • be fully admitted to a UCF College of Community Innovation and Education
  • be fully admitted to a TEACH Grant-eligible program
  • be enrolled in a *high-need education major
  • have a 3.25 GPA
  • 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 an undergraduate student in the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education and in a TEACH Grant-eligible program (*high-need field).
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching.
  • Sign the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve after attending an initial TEACH Grant counseling session.

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

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 student in the UCF College of Community Innovation and Education in a *high-need field

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.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 grade point average through the most recent payment period.

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 Community Innovation and Education.

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