The U.S. Department of Education's TEACH Grant program provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years:
- as a highly qualified teacher;
- at a school serving low-income student;
- and in a high-need field.
The four years of teaching must be completed within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant.
If you receive a grant but do not complete the required four years of teaching service within the given time-frame, or otherwise do not meet the requirements for the TEACH Grant Program, all the grant funds will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You will have to repay this loan in full which includes interest. Once the TEACH Grant is converted to a loan it cannot be converted back to a grant.
For more information about the TEACH Grant program, you can visit: studentaid.gov
Approved TEACH Grant eligible programs
OSU majors that are currently approved to be eligible to receive a TEACH Grant award. These programs are subject to change.
- Biological Science: option, teacher certification
- Biology: option, teacher certification
- Chemistry: option, teacher certification
- Geology: option, teacher certification
- Mathematics: option, teacher certification
- Physics: option, teacher certification
- P-12 Foreign Language
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education, English
- Secondary Education, Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Masters in Teaching, Learning and Leadership: (Options: Reading/Literacy, Special Education, Math/Science)
- Professional Program in Special Education (5 year program)
To register for the TEACH grant, participants must meet at least one the following requirements:
- The student has scored above the 75 percentile on one of the batteries of the listed nationally-normed admissions test (SAT, ACT, etc.)
- Student currently has a 3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA) and falls
into one of the two categories listed below:
- Student is a first semester freshman and has a 3.25 cumulative GPA from high school
- Student has a college cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
- Student is a graduate student who is currently a teacher, and is either retiring or has expertise in a shortage area (math, science, special education, English as a second language or another high-need subject).
- Annual: Eligible full-time students may receive an amount determined yearly by the Department of Education. This amount may vary year to year. Students who are less than full-time will have their yearly award pro-rated based on their enrollment.
- Lifetime: Maximum of $16,000 for an undergraduate student and $8,000 for a graduate student.
How to apply
- You must complete the FAFSA.
- After completing the FAFSA, speak with OSU College of Education and Human Sciences representatives who will determine if you are in an eligible major and meet other academic criteria. They will also discuss with you the academic and career implications with the receipt of the grant. The College then provides an Academic Certification of TEACH Grant Eligibility form to our office before the grant is awarded.
- OSU Stillwater students should contact the Office of Educator Support:
- Dillon Graham, 405-744-5021, 324 Willard Hall
- OSU Tulsa students should contact:
- Colton Holmes, 918-594-8476, 130 North Hall
- Every academic year, a TEACH Grant recipient must complete the Initial Counseling and sign the Agreement to Serve or Repay. After a TEACH Grant has been offered and accepted, we will notify the student when these two counseling sessions need to be completed online. The website to complete these requirements is studentaid.gov.