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

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $4,000* a year to eligible undergraduate and graduate students who are completing or plan to complete coursework needed to begin a career in teaching.

*Due to the federal sequester, for any 2021-20 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2021, and before Oct. 1, 2022, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 5.7% ($228), resulting in a maximum award of $3,772.

TEACH Grant eligibility requirements:

  • Students must be matriculated into a high need subject area program. Please see current list below.
  • Students must be registered for courses.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.25 or greater. (For first semester students, a score within the 75th percentile on any part of a standardized exam ex. GRE will also qualify).
  • In addition to the above, undergraduate students must have completed 90 credits prior to application.

As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) to

  • teach in a high-need field
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.
  • and apply for certification within 120 days of graduating

IMPORTANT: If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed (paid to you or on your behalf).

2021 – 2022 List of High Need Subject Area Programs at Hunter College:
  • Adolescent English
  • Adolescent Languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Latin)
  • Adolescent Math
  • Adolescent Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth, Physics)
  • Adolescent Social Studies
  • Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Bilingual Education (Early Childhood or Childhood)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Literacy (Birth – Grade 2 or Adolescent)
  • Special Education (Early Childhood, Childhood or Adolescent)
  • TESOL K – 12
2021 – 2022 TEACH Grant Deadlines:

Summer 2021 – May 3

Fall 2021 – November 2

Spring 2022 – April 1

TEACH Grant Application:

2021 – 2022 TEACH Grant Application

For more information on the TEACH grant and its eligibility guidelines, please review the Federal Student Aid site.

For questions on the TEACH Grant, please contact soe.oasa@hunter.cuny.edu.

For advising on the TEACH Grant, please make an appointment. Select “personal concerns, scholarships and appeals advising” from the list.