Teach Grants

Steps to obtain a Federal TEACH Grant

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

Federal Teach Grants provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. 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. For information on this program, please visit the Federal TEACH Grant website:


To access TEACH Grant funds, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Complete TEACH Grant Counseling

TEACH Grant Initial and Subsequent Counseling will explain the TEACH Grant Program and the TEACH Grant service obligation you agree to meet as a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant. You must complete TEACH Grant counseling each year that you receive a TEACH Grant before you sign an Agreement to Serve (ATS) for that year. This may be completed on-line at https://teach-ats.ed.gov/ats/studentHome.action.


Step 2: Complete your Agreement-to-Serve (ATS)

Each year you receive a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve that is available electronically on the TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve Web site. The TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve specifies the conditions under which the grant will be awarded, the teaching service requirements, and includes an acknowledgment by you that you understand that if you do not meet the teaching service requirements you must repay the grant as a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, with interest accrued from the date the grant funds were disbursed.


Step 3: First Time TEACH Grant Participants only

For first time participants, students will be required to schedule a personal counseling session with the Wells College Financial Aid Office to review the terms of the program. This session will be a brief overview of the employment obligations of the program and consequences if the employment obligations are not fulfilled.