Teacher Education


 The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a federal financial aid grant program available to students enrolled in eligible programs. Students who receive a TEACH Grant must agree to teach in a high-need field, at a low-income elementary or secondary school as a highly qualified teacher, full-time for at least four years. Students must meet the teaching requirements with eight years of completing the program for which the TEACH Grant was awarded. The student is required to sign a service agreement to this effect and complete all required counseling to receiving a TEACH Grant.

IMPORTANT: If the student fails or refuses to meet the requirements of the service agreement, the TEACH Grant(s) converts to a Direct Unsubsidized loan(s), and the student must repay the TEACH funds, with interest accrued from the date of disbursement.

General Qualifications for the TEACH Grant

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Have a valid FAFSA on file with the University and have an official EFC
  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen
  • Be admitted and enrolled in a TEACH eligible program and coursework at your University
  • Have earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.25 or greater or meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on a college admission test)
  • Complete required TEACH Grant initial and subsequent counseling
  • Sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS)
  • Meet standard eligibility criteria for all Federal Title IV financial aid, such as not being in default on a student loan and maintaining satisfactory academic progress

Award Information

Academic Year Limit

Maximum Annual Amount*:


Aggregate Limit**

Eligible Undergraduate:


Eligible Post-baccalaureate Credential:


Eligible Master's:


*Based on full-time enrollment

**Aggregate Limit: This is the combined lifetime limit from all schools

The Agreement to Serve

Teach grant recipients are required to sign the Agreement to Serve (ATS) annually. The ATS is a legally binding document that:

  • Explains your TEACH Grant service obligation
  • Explains the conditions under which your TEACH Grant may be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized loan; and
  • Describes the repayment terms and conditions that apply, and your rights, responsibilities, and benefits if your TEACH Grant is converted to a loan

Be sure to print and keep a copy of your signed ATS for future reference. You MUST sign an ATS each year that you receive a TEACH Grant.

By signing a TEACH Grant ATS, you are agreeing to:

  • Meet the service obligation requirements of the TEACH Grant Program


  • Repay, with interest, the full amount of all TEACH Grant funds you received that are converted a Direct Unsubsidized Loan because you did not meet your TEACH Grant service obligation

TEACH Grant High-Needs Fields

More than half of the classes you teach during each school year must be in a high-need field. Teacher shortage areas which qualify for TEACH service requirements are identified in the Teacher Shortage Areas annual listing. High-need fields across the nation are in schools that serve low income students. For purposes of the TEACH Grant program, high-need fields are:

  • Mathematics;
  • Science;
  • Foreign Language;
  • Bilingual Education;
  • English Language Acquisition;
  • Special Education;
  • Reading Specialist; or
  • Any other field that has been identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and that is included in the Department’s annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide Listing*). The “other identified teacher shortage areas” are listed in the U.S. Department of Education publication, at the following Web site: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.doc  If you are planning to teach in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide Listing, that field must be listed for the state where you teach either:
    • o   At the time you begin your qualifying teaching service in that field (even if the field later loses its high-need designation for the state where you are teaching); or
    • o   At the time you received a TEACH Grant (even if the field is no longer designated as high need for the state where you are teaching at the time you begin your qualifying teaching service in that field).

To search the Nationwide Listing, please visit http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/pol/tsa.pdf

Note: The Nationwide Listing includes both subject areas and geographic shortage areas. To qualify based on teaching in a high-need field that is included in the Nationwide Listing, you must teach in a listed subject shortage area, not a geographic shortage area.

For 2016-2017, the following are additional California Statewide Academic Disciplines or Subject Matter fields identified in the Nationwide Listing* are:

  • English/Drama/Humanities
  • History/Social Science
  • Mathematics/Computer Education
  • Science
  • Self-Contained Class
  • Special Education (Including State Special Schools)

*Published annually

Source: Teacher Shortage Areas Nationwide Listing, 1990-1991 through 2015-2016, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, 2016.

Awards at Your Campus

  • Visit your campus Teacher Education website and Financial Aid website for information about how to get a Teach Grant at your campus

CSU Teacher Education Programs*

CSU Financial Aid Offices

CSU Bakersfield

CSU Bakersfield Financial Aid

CSU Channel Islands

CSU Channel Islands Financial Aid

CSU Chico

CSU Chico Financial Aid

CSU Dominguez Hills

CSU Dominguez Hills Financial Aid

CSU East Bay

CSU East Bay Financial Aid

Fresno State

Fresno State Financial Aid

Humboldt State

Humboldt State Financial Aid

CSU Long Beach

CSU Long Beach Financial Aid

CSU Los Angeles

CSU Los Angeles Financial Aid

CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey Bay Financial Aid

CSU Northridge

CSU Northridge Financial Aid

Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona Financial Aid

Sacramento State

Sacramento State Financial Aid

CSU San Bernardino

CSU San Bernardino Financial Aid

San Diego State

San Diego State Financial Aid

San Francisco State

San Francisco State Financial Aid

San Jose State

San Jose State Financial Aid

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Financial Aid

CSU San Marcos

CSU San Marcos Financial Aid

Sonoma State

Sonoma State Financial Aid

CSU Stanislaus

CSU Stanislaus Financial Aid

*The California State University Maritime Academy, a CSU campus does not offer Teacher Credential Programs

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