Federal TEACH Grant Information

The Federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program, effective 2008-2009. Mississippi State University is approved to participate in the TEACH Grant Program. The Federal Department of Education's TEACH Grant Program details can be found at: http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp

If you intend to teach and to major in an academic program that prepares you to teach, you may be interested in the TEACH Grant program to help meet your postsecondary educational costs. In exchange for the grant, you must agree to the following:

  • Serve as a full-time highly qualified teacher in a high-need field.
  • Teach in a Title I elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.
  • Teach for at least four academic years within eight years of completing the program of study for which you received the grant.
  • If you fail to complete the teaching service requirements, the TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan for which you will be required to repay, with interest compounded from the date of each initial TEACH Grant disbursement. Once the grant converts to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.

TEACH Grant Eligibility Requirements

For each award year that you request a TEACH Grant you must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a TEACH Grant and to enable TEACH funds to disburse to you:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  2. Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy requirements for federal student aid http://www.msstate.edu/dept/audit/91150.html
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). List MSU's Federal school code (002423) to have results sent to MSU http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.
  4. Complete the MSU TEACH Grant Request Form (print form here or at MSU myState and submit to our office) 2015-2016 TEACH Grant Request Form.
  5. Accept the TEACH Grant award listed on your MSU online Award Notification Letter (Log onto MSU myState using your MSU Net ID and Password).
  6. Complete both the U.S. Department of Education's Federal TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling session and the Federal Agreement to Serve (ATS) electronically https://www.studentloans.gov (two separate steps to complete at the same website).
  7. Have and maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA each semester enrolled, or have scored above the 75th percentile on a college admissions test. Retirees with high-need field expertise and current teachers working to obtain a Master's degree or former teachers pursuing an alternative route to certification within a Master's degree program do not have to meet the initial GPA/75th percentile requirement, but will need to submit a copy of your teaching license and a signed letter from your teaching employer verifying your employment as a teacher. Retirees with high-need field expertise will need to document their expertise and will need to have their expertise, major, and course-work verified by an MSU Academic Advisor to ensure the TEACH Program's regulations are met.
  8. Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student in a postsecondary educational institution that is participating in the TEACH Grant Program. Second bachelor's degree students are ineligible for a TEACH Grant.
  9. Be enrolled in course work necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work. Such course work may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).

TEACH Grant Exit Counseling

Prior to graduating or leaving school, you must complete the online TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session. This exit counseling session will explain your TEACH Grant Service Obligation and the terms and conditions that apply if your grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. To complete the TEACH Grant Exit Counseling, please visit: www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/SaEcWelcome.do.


TEACH Grant Awards

If you are an eligible full-time student, you may be awarded up to $3,708 per year in Federal TEACH Grant funds. If you are enrolled less than full-time, we will prorate the grant award according to your hours enrolled. Federal regulations set the maximum aggregate limits for undergraduate students at $14,832 total, and aggregate graduate student limits at $7,416 total. TEACH awards are not processed until after the last day to add/drop courses each semester. Once we begin the process, we will notify you via e-mail of your status. TEACH awards are based upon eligibility requirements as listed above, enrollment hours, and other aid received (TEACH cannot exceed your budget/cost of attendance). To ensure compliance with federal regulations, TEACH Grant applicants must have their major/course work verified each semester by an Academic Advisor within their field of study (this advisor is only for TEACH applicants). We will provide you with the advisor contact information via e-mail when we check eligibility requirements.

Summer 2016 TEACH Grant Awards

The 2015-2016 TEACH Grant Request Form is applicable for the Fall 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016 terms. If you received a TEACH Grant award during the Fall 2015 and/or the Spring 2016 term(s), you will not need to complete another TEACH Grant Request Form for Summer 2016.

To be considered for a Summer 2016 TEACH Grant award, you must:

  • Have remaining eligibility (not have received your $3,708 annual limit)
  • Meet the above listed eligibility requirements
  • Be enrolled during the Summer 2016 term(s)
  • Complete the online Summer 2016 Request Form and indicate that you wish to receive a TEACH award during Summer 2016. (Form not available until late Spring 2016)

***If you have not already completed an online 2015-2016 TEACH Grant Request Form and you want to apply for a Summer 2016 TEACH Grant, please complete it at (2015-2016 TEACH Grant Request Form), along with the electronic Federal TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling session, and the U.S. Department of Education's Federal Agreement to Serve (ATS), both located at www.studentloans.gov.


Important TEACH Grant Resources

Highly Qualified Teacher 

This will provide guidance to you on the criterion for being a highly qualified teacher

High-Need Fields

The Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing includes the following:

  • Bilingual education
  • English language acquisition
  • Foreign language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading specialist
  • Science
  • Special education: or
  • Another field documented as high-need by the Federal government, a State government, or a Local Education Agency, and approved by the Secretary. This field must be included in the Department's annual nationwide listing (see link above)

(Please note: The Nationwide Listing does not include Elementary Education and several other degree programs/subject areas in the list of high need subject areas).

List of Title I Schools Serving Low-Income Families

This link will provide you with a list of schools that serve low-income students, which includes any elementary or secondary school listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits