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Teach Grant Information

What is the TEACH Grant? 

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants of up to $3,724 per year to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.  

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

If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Federal 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. Please take the time to meet with your academic advisor to ensure your commitment to education. You can cancel this grant at any time by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid & Veterans Affairs. 

60% of APSU teacher graduates are employed in Tennessee the first year after graduation. Many of the remaining students take jobs in other states, at DOE schools, and at international schools.  

Who can get a TEACH Grant? 

 To receive a TEACH grant, you must: 

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student 
  • A post baccalaureate program, which is a non-degree program after the completion of a degree, is not TEACH Grant eligible at Austin Peay because we offer a bachelor’s degree in education 
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH Grant eligible program (link this to list below) 
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or demonstrate a score above the 75th percentile on a national standardized college admissions test 
  • Undergraduate students must complete the College of Education’s Milestone I 
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Complete an APSU Teach Grant Application 
  • Complete TEACH Grant Counseling that explains the terms and conditions of the TEACH Grant service obligation. Counseling must be completed each year the TEACH Grant is used. 
  • Sign a TEACH Agreement to Serve 

What are high-need fields? 

  • Bilingual education and English language acquisition 
  • English 
  • Foreign language 
  • Mathematics
  • Reading specialist 
  • Science 
  • Social studies 
  • Special education 
  • 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 annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing (Nationwide List)

Elementary education is not a high-need field and does not qualify for the TEACH Grant. 

How can I identify schools or educational service agencies that serve low-income students? 

Elementary and secondary schools (public and private) and educational service agencies serving low-income students are listed in the annual Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Directory. In addition, elementary or secondary schools operated by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) or operated on Indian reservations by Indian tribal groups under contract or grant with the BIE qualify as low-income schools.