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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants up to $3,724 per year, for students who are completing coursework needed to begin a career in teaching at Fresno State (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), and who agree to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need field, in a school serving low-income students.

TEACH GRANT Eligibility Requirements

  • Agree to teach at a low-income elementary or secondary school, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education’s * Low-Income School Directory, AND
  • Agree to teach in a high need subject area such as:
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Bilingual education and English language acquisition
    • Foreign Language
    • Special Education
    • Reading Specialist
    • Self Contained Classroom (i.e. multiple subject)
  • Agree to teach full-time for at least four years within eight years of completing the teaching program
  • Meet first-year TEACH Grant determination GPA requirements
    • Undergraduate students must have a final high school cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater
    • Graduate/Credential students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater
  • Maintain GPA requirements of 3.25 for subsequent years
  • Be enrolled in a high-need teaching program (high need subject areas vary by State and change annually).

    View the Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Report

Application Process

To apply for a TEACH Grant, students must::

  • Complete a FAFSA for the academic year in which they are applying for the TEACH Grant;
  • Submit BOTH a TEACH Grant Request Form and an Education Plan each year, to the financial aid office as soon as possible.
  • Sign an “Agreement to Serve” each year that specifies the TEACH grant program service requirements;
  • Submit a TEACH Grant Request Form each year and an Education Plan to the financial aid office as soon as possible.
  • Complete **TEACH Entrance Counseling each year before the award is made and complete TEACH Exit Counseling upon completing the teaching program;
  • Sign an "Agreement to Serve" each year that specifies the TEACH Grant program service requirements;

If eligible, the TEACH Grant award, combined with other financial aid assistance, cannot exceed the annual cost of attending Fresno State.

Once a TEACH Grant is disbursed and you wish to cancel all or a portion of these funds, you must provide the Fresno State Student Accounts Department with a cancellation request no later than 14 days from the date of disbursement.

If the recipient fails to complete any of the requirements of the TEACH Grant Program, the grant will be converted into a  FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED STUDENT LOAN that the student MUST be paid back, with interest accruing from the date the funds were disbursed.  Once a grant becomes a loan, it stays a loan. Failure of satisfying TEACH Grant requirements can include:

  • NOT teaching in a high need subject area
  • NOT teaching at a designated low-income school
  • NOT teaching full-time for four years within eight-years of completing the teaching program

TEACH Grant recipients are required to show that they are meeting the terms of the TEACH Grant program by obtaining verification from the school site administrator each year during their full-time employment in a high-need subject area and at a low-income school.  There is NO credit for part-time teaching or partial fulfillment of service.

If you are interested in learning more about the TEACH Grant Program at Fresno State, please contact the Financial Aid office at 559.278.2182.

Find more information on the TEACH Grant Program online

* Low Income School Directory:

** On-line TEACH Grant Counseling and Agreement to Serve