The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides grants of up to *$4,000 per year ($16,000 maximum for a four-year program) to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. Graduate students are eligible for *$4,000 per year ($8,000 maximum limit). Students who are working on a second undergraduate degree are not eligible for the TEACH Grant.

In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary 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 a TEACH Grant. If you fail to complete the service obligation, then all amounts of the TEACH Grant you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education including interest from the date the grant(s) were disbursed.

*TEACH Grant funds may be subject to reductions as a result of federal sequestration.

Student Eligibility Criteria

To receive the TEACH Grant, you must:

  • Complete the FAFSA; although you do not have to demonstrate financial need

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen

  • Be enrolled in coursework that will allow you to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete that coursework

  • Meet the following academic requirements:

    • Score above the 75th percentile on one of the following admissions test(s): ACT, SAT or GRE, or

    • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. This cumulative GPA must be maintained throughout the academic program for which you are awarded a TEACH Grant.

  • Be admitted to Wichita State’s Teacher Education Program

  • Complete TEACH Grant counseling for each award period online

  • Sign a TEACH Grant “Agreement to Serve” each year online

Service Obligation

In order to fulfill the service obligation of the TEACH Grant, you must be a highly-qualified, full-time secondary or elementary teacher in a high-need subject area, at a school serving low-income students, for at least four years within eight years of finishing your program.

A highly qualified teacher is one as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

A full-time teacher is one who spends the majority (at least 51%) of time teaching in one of the high-need subject areas. Because of the 51% requirement, most elementary teachers will not be eligible.

A school serving low-income students is designated by the U.S. Department of Education. See details here.

High-Need Subject Areas

The following are designated as high-need subject areas:

  • Mathematics

  • Science (such as Biology, Geology, Chemistry or Physics)

  • Foreign Language

  • Bilingual Education

  • Special Education

  • Reading Specialist

  • Other “High Need” Field as designated by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to Complete Service Obligation

If you fail to complete the four years of service for each eligible program in which you received the TEACH Grant within eight years of completing your program, the grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan with interest accrued from the date of the first disbursal of the funds. Once the grant converts to a loan, it cannot be converted back to a grant.

Designated Eligible Programs at Wichita State University

Wichita State University has designated the following programs to be TEACH Grant eligible programs:


  • Early Childhood Unified

  • Early Childhood Unified/Elementary Education Apprentice

  • PreK thru 12 – Foreign Language (French, Latin, Spanish)

  • PreK thru 12 – ESOL

  • Middle Level – Math or Science

  • Secondary Education – Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Math, or Physics


  • Special Education – Adaptive

  • Special Education – Functional

  • Special Education – High Incidence

  • Special Education – Low Incidence

  • Special Education – Early Childhood Unified

  • Reading Specialist

  • Transition to Teaching with Endorsement in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science, Earth Space Science, French, Latin or Spanish

See details about the WSU College of Education’s eligible programs at www.wichita.edu/education.

WSU TEACH Grant Fact Sheet

Federal TEACH Grant Fact Sheet