Grants for Education Students

Federal TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant is a federally funded gift program for full-time undergraduate students or students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate teacher credential program.

Eligible undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students will receive up to $16,000 with this automatic $4,000 ($2,000 per enrolled semester) TEACH Grant. This grant is based on sufficient federal funds from the United States Department of Education and the student's enrollment status as of the Essential Deadline of each term.

Students enrolled less than full time will have their TEACH Grants reduced according to a schedule established by the U.S. Department of Education regulations.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, students must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high need field (tsa.doc link) in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low income students. TEACH Grant recipients must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of completing the program of study for which a TEACH Grant was received.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans that must be repaid to the U.S. Department of Education. Interest will be charged from the date the grant(s) was disbursed.

Note: TEACH Grant recipients will be given a six-month grade period prior to entering repayment if a TEACH Grant is converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

Student Eligibility Requirements:

To receive a TEACH Grant, each year you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), although you do not have to demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student in a postElementary Educational institution that has chosen to participate in the TEACH Grant Program.
  • Be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such coursework. Such coursework may include subject area courses (e.g., math courses for a student who intends to be a math teacher).
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements: score above the 75th percentile on one battery of a college admissions test (ACT or SAT), or maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.25.
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve.
  • Complete a University of Minnesota, Morris TEACH Grant Application.

The priority deadline to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the University of Minnesota, Morris to the federal processor is March 1.

Students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits to receive a full TEACH Grant. When students are enrolled for less than 12 credits, the TEACH Grant will be adjusted based on a schedule established by the U.S. Department of Education regulations.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education.