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


The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (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. The amount of the award is based on the number of credits registered for in each semester.

Please note, due to the federal sequester, for any 2023-24 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after October 1, 2023, and before October 1, 2024, 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, you may also qualify with a score within the 75th percentile on any part of a standardized exam ex. GRE, teaching certification test). Exam must have been taken within the last 5 years.
  • 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).

2023 – 2024 List of High Need Subject Area Programs at Hunter College

  • Adolescent English BA and MA
  • Adolescent Languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Latin) BA and MA
  • Adolescent Math BA, BA/MA and MA
  • Adolescent Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth, Physics) BA, BA/MA and MA
  • Adolescent Social Studies BA and MA
  • Blind and Visually Impaired MSED
  • Bilingual Education (Early Childhood or Childhood) MSED
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing MSED
  • Literacy (Birth – Grade 2 or Adolescent) MSED
  • Special Education (Early Childhood, Childhood or Adolescent) MSED
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K – 12 MA

Advanced certificate programs do not qualify for the TEACH Grant.

TEACH Grant Deadlines

Continuing Students

(Students who have previously been awarded the grant at Hunter or elsewhere)

  • First day of summer semester

New Students

(Students who have never been awarded the grant)


  • First day of fall semester


  • First day of spring semester

TEACH Grant Application

  • The 2022 – 2023 TEACH Grant Application is now closed. The 2023 – 2024 application will open in April 2023.