Federal Grants for Graduate Students

TEACH Grant Program
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides federal grants of up to $3,964 per year, for a maximum of $15,856, if first disbursed on or after October 1, 2013 and before October 1, 2014. If first disbursed on or after October 1, 2014 and before October 1, 2015, then the TEACH Grant provides federal grants of up to $3,708 per year, for a maximum of $14,832. 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 or secondary school that serves low-income students. As a recipient of a TEACH Grant, 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.

IMPORTANT: If you fail to complete this service obligation, all amounts of TEACH Grants that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education. You will be charged interest from the date the grant was disbursed and will need to pay back interest as well as accruing interest the rest of your repayment period.

To receive a TEACH Grant you must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled for at least half-time (5 credits) each semester - award amounts are prorated for less than full-time (9 credits) of enrollment.
  • You must be enrolled in a program for a designated high need field when you receive the grant. NOTE: Wheelock graduate students must be enrolled as one of the following majors in order to qualify 
    • Master of Science in Integrated Elementary and Special Education with initial licensure for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
    • Master of Science in Teacher of Reading
  • For current Wheelock graduate students:
    • Must currently have and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 every semester that you receive the TEACH grant.
  • For an incoming graduate student:
    • You must have scored above the 75th percentile on one of the batteries of a nationally-normed admissions test (e.g. GRE, GMAT).
    • Or have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25.
    • Or be a current teacher who is pursuing a master's degree (Please provide proof of employment).
  • Sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve

Additional Links

For more information about the TEACH grant, visit the Federal website.

For more information about the schools serving low-income students go to the Teacher Cancellation Low-Income website and click on the search button.

For more information about the Annual Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing go to the Teacher Shortage Areas website.

If you have any question please contact the Wheelock College Financial Aid Office at 617-879-2443 or email us finaid@wheelock.edu.

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