The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides $4,000 annual grants to students who plan to become teachers. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to teach full-time in a high-need field, for at least four academic years at an elementary school, secondary school or educational service agency that serves low-income families. The grant recipient must complete the required four years of teaching within eight years of completing (or otherwise ceasing to be enrolled in) the course of study for which a TEACH Grant was received. If a grant recipient does not meet that obligation, the TEACH Grant funds received are converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan that must be repaid with accrued interest from the date of disbursement. Visit the Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant page for more information.

Award Amounts

TEACH awards for the 2013-2014 award year are .89% lower due to Sequestration. 2013-2014 award amounts:

Type Yearly amount Maximum
Baccalaureate $ 3,964 $ 15,040
Graduate $ 3,964 $ 7,520

Maximum award amounts above are for Full-Time enrollment. Teach Grant along with other assistances must not exceed the cost of attendance.

Teach Grant award amounts are subject to proration for less than full-time enrollment, as follows:

Enrollment Yearly amount
3/4 time $ 2,973
1/2 time $ 1,982
Less-than 1/2 time $ 991

Eligibility Requirements

  • File FAFSA
  • 3.25 GPA on 4.0 scale
    • First year students may use HS GPA
    • Transfer students use GPA for all credits that transfer in for the degree
    • Continuing students use SLU GPA
    • Graduate student use undergraduate GPA for first year, then SLU GPA
  • Complete Initial Counseling (MUST BE COMPLETED FIRST)
  • Sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • Must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.

Eligible Programs

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Elementary Education (K-6)
  • Middle Grades Education - Science
  • Middle Grades Education - Social Science
  • Middle Grades Education - Mathematics
  • Middle Grades Education - English
  • Secondary Education - Mathematics
  • Secondary Education - Social Science
  • Secondary Education - English
  • Secondary Education - Biology

Graduate Programs:

  • Education (M.Ed.) - Exceptional Student Education
  • Education (M.Ed.) - Reading

Yearly Application Requirements

Exit Requirement:

Agreement to Serve:

You must complete TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling (TEACH Grant counseling) each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year. To complete the counseling online login by clicking on "My TEACH Grant" in the left hand navigation bar. You will be taken to the My TEACH Grant Login page and will be required to use your Federal Student Aid PIN to login. If you have not completed your TEACH Grant counseling, you must complete TEACH Grant counseling before you can complete your ATS. Once you login, click on START NEW COUNSELING to start your counseling session. You may complete both your TEACH Grant counseling and your ATS in the same session. If you have previously completed your TEACH Grant counseling session, you will not be required to do so again. Once you login, click on START NEW ATS. We estimate that it will take 30 minutes to complete your ATS.

You will complete your ATS in the following four steps:

Step 1 - School Info - The following information will be carried forward from the most recent year for which you have completed TEACH counseling: The year for which you are receiving a TEACH Grant, AND the name and location of the school where you are receiving a TEACH Grant. Before you begin the ATS, you will be asked to verify this information.

Step 2 - Student Info - You will provide your contact information and two references with different U.S. addresses who have known you for at least three years.

Step 3 - Review Draft - You will: Confirm that you have read your ATS and that you agree to all of the terms and conditions explained in the ATS. Sign your ATS.

Step 4 - Submit ATS - You will review your signed ATS and correct any incorrect information before submitting your signed ATS.



High Needs Fields - National List

Federal Student Aid TEACH Grant

Basic Eligibility Criteria

File the FAFSA

If you have any questions, please contact us:
Phone: (800) 240-7658 or (352) 588-7403
Fax: (866) 708-7770
E-mail: finaid@saintleo.edu