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 year:
- 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:
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)
- Annual: Eligible full-time students may receive up to $4,000 an academic 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, Health and Aviation 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:
- Pam Cartmell, 405-744-6350, 106 Willard Hall
- Mary Mach, 405-744-6350, 106 Willard Hall
- OSU Tulsa students should contact Beverly Morris, 918-594-8574, 130 North Hall
- Every academic year, a TEACH Grant recipient must complete the Initial Counseling and sign the Agreement to Serve. 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 https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/launchTeach.action.