TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is a non-need-based grant program available to students who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agrees to teach full-time for at least four years as a highly qualified teacher (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education), at a school or educational service agency serving low-income students in a high-need field. The TEACH Grant is a grant/loan combination that requires a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve (ATS), as the grant will convert to unsubsidized loan in the future if contracted teaching obligations are not met. If this happens, interest accrual will be effective as of the date of the first TEACH disbursement.

The TEACH grant is not included in financial aid offers but can be offered retroactively to eligible students during the award year. Specific eligible education programs have been determined in conjunction with the College of Education and Integrative Studies.

Eligibility for the TEACH Grant will be determined by Cal Poly Pomona Credential Office, using guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education. 

 To receive a TEACH Grant you must:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have eligible non-citizen status
  • Planning to get a credential in one of the high-need fields below
    • Math, Computer Education/Health/Dance,ITEP, Early Childhood Studies, English/Drama/Humanities, History/Social Science, Science, Physical Education, Multiple Subject, or Special Education
  • Any other field identified as high-need by the federal government, a state government, or a local education agency, and that is included in the Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing
  • Admitted as an undergrad to the Liberal Studies, English, History, Mathematics Science teaching pathways or Admitted to the Credential Program for the FIRST Teaching credential
  • Planning on teaching for at least four out of eight years in a low-income school
  • Have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher
  • Request an appointment with Renee Samaan, Credential Services Coordinator at rasamaan@cpp.edu to obtain approval on the TEACH Grant Certification Form
  • Submit Completed, Signed certification form to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Complete TEACH Grant counseling after requirement appears on Bronco Direct
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve after requirement appears on Bronco Direct
  • Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will verify completion of required documentation and award funds (Upon final approval, funds are typically disbursed within 10-15 business days)

There are conditions to receiving this grant that are not placed on other grants. Please make sure you understand these conditions prior to receiving any funds.  For more information about the TEACH Grant Program review the Initial and Subsequent Counseling Guide (PDF).

NOTE: The U.S Department of Education estimates that 80% of the students who receive this grant will not be able to fulfill the teaching obligation and their grant funds will convert permanently to an Unsubsidized Direct Loan. Students will then be charged interest from the date the grant(s) disbursed.

What is an Agreement to Serve?

Each award year, a TEACH Grant recipient must sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) that explains that the recipient must teach for four years within eight years of completing or ceasing enrollment in a TEACH Grant-eligible program as a full-time highly qualified teacher in a low-income elementary or secondary school in a high-need field. According to contractual obligations, a minimum of fifty percent of classes taught must be in a high-need field. You will need your Federal Student Aid PIN to access and sign the ATS.

An electronic ATS can be completed in 4 steps. We estimate that it will take 30 minutes to complete the electronic ATS process. Make sure you allow enough time to complete the entire process in a single session. If you exit this Web site before submitting your signed ATS in Step 4, you'll have to start over beginning with Step 1 when you return later.  

Award Information

The TEACH Grant Program provides a maximum annual amount of $3728 and $16,000 aggregate

  • For any 2018-19 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2017, and before Oct. 1, 2018, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.6 percent ($264), resulting in a maximum award of $3,736.
  • For any 2018-19 TEACH Grant first disbursed on or after Oct. 1, 2018, and before Oct. 1, 2019, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by 6.2 percent ($248), resulting in a maximum award of $3,752

Award amount is prorated based on unites enrolled

  • up to $3,736 per year if attending full time
  • up to $2,802 per year if attending 3/4 time
  • up to $1,868 per year if attending 1/2 time
  • up to $934 per year if attending less than 1/2 time

The TEACH Grant, along with all other types of financial aid and resources you receive, cannot exceed the cost of attendance