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Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides up to $4,000 per year in grants for students who intend to teach full-time in high-need subject areas for at least four years at schools serving students of low-income families.

At Binghamton University, only matriculated graduate students pursuing their first master's degree in a TEACH eligible program are eligible for these funds. Less than full-time students are eligible, but the grant is prorated based on the following schedule:

Award Schedule

Student with 0-23 earned graduate credits Award/Semester
12 or more credits $2,000
9 or more credits $1,500
6-8 credits $1,000
1-5 credits $500

Student with 24 or more
earned graduate credits
9 or more credits $2,000
7-8 credits $1,500
5-6 credits $1,000
1-4 credits $500

Important Note:  TEACH Grant awards have been reduced due to sequestration.  All awards with a first disbursement made on or after October 1, 2014 and before October 1, 2015, will be reduced by 7.3% from the award amount the student would otherwise be eligible to receive.  

Eligible Graduate Programs at Binghamton University



Combined Degrees

Student Eligibility Requirements

To receive a TEACH Grant you must:

Additional Grant Details

Teaching Obligation

To avoid repaying the TEACH Grant with interest you must be a highly-qualified, full-time teacher in a high-need subject area for at least four years at a school serving low-income students. You must complete four years of teaching within eight years of completing the program for which you received the grant. You incur a four-year teaching obligation for each educational program for which you received TEACH Grant funds, although you may work to fulfill multiple four-year obligations simultaneously under certain circumstances.

Here are the specific definitions of teaching obligation terms:

High-Need Subject Areas

Bilingual Education and
English Language Acquisition

Foreign Language


Reading Specialist


Special Education

Teacher shortage areas listed in Department of Education's Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing

Schools Serving Low-Income Students: Schools serving low-income students include any elementary or secondary school that is listed in the Department of Education's Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

Student's Responsibility Upon Receipt of Grant

IMPORTANT: Failure to complete the teaching obligation, respond to requests for information, or properly document teaching service will result in the TEACH Grant converted permanently to a loan with interest capitalized.

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Last Updated: 10/1/14