The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Teach Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is federally funded and provides up to $4,000 annual grants to full-time students who plan to become teachers. A graduate student may receive a total of two scheduled awards, or a total of up to $8,000, for a Master’s degree program.

TEACH Grant recipients at the University of Massachusetts Amherst must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Complete a FAFSA.
  • Be a U.S Citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in an educator licensure program listed below.
  • Meet academic requirements (maintain a 3.25 GPA).
  • Make an appointment with the School of Education Licensure Officer, Dr. Beverley Bell at (413) 545-2701 to determine your eligibility and receive an eligibility certificate. The certificate is required before meeting with the Financial Aid Office.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement and a TEACH Grant Counseling Form.

You must also fulfill the following conditions:

  • You must serve as a full-time teacher in a high need-field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.
  • You must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which you received the TEACH Grant.

NOTE: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of the TEACH Grant that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, and the interest on the loan will be charged from the date the original TEACH Grant was disbursed. You must repay this loan to the U. S. Department of Education.

Schools Serving Low-Income Students are listed in the U. S. Department of Education’s Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancelation Benefits.

High-Need Fields in Massachusetts for 2020-2021 (subject to change):

  • English as a Second Language
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages:
    • Chinese, French, Italian, Latin and/or Classical Humanities, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Reading/English Language Arts:
    • English/Language Arts
    • Reading
  • Sciences:
    • Biology, Chemistry,Earth Science, General Science, Physics
  • Special Education:
    • Early Childhood (Pre-K-2), Moderate Disabilities, Severe Disabilities, Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Please see the program description on for general information.