Federal TEACH Grant

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is for students studying to be educators in a high-needs field. As long as certain criteria are met after graduation, this money does not need to be paid back, unlike a student loan.

A student who, after reviewing the initial eligibility criteria below, believes they meet criteria may submit an application to the Office of Student Financial Aid, at which point their eligibility will be confirmed or refuted by the grant administrator. Find out more about the Federal TEACH Grant.

Award amounts
Enrollment Status TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after 10/1/2018 and before 10/1/2019 are reduced by 6.2 percent. During the year you may receive up to: TEACH Grants first disbursed on or after 10/1/2019 and before 10/1/2020 are reduced by 5.9 percent. During the year you may receive up to:
Full-Time $3,752.00 $3,764
Three-Quarter Time $2,814.00 $2,823
Half-Time $1,876.00 $1,882
Less Than Half-Time $938.00 $941

*Lifetime eligibility cannot exceed 4 full years of grant funds for undergraduates and 2 full years for graduate students.

Conditions of eligibility

Before applying for the TEACH Grant MSU students must:

  1. Complete a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Complete 2019-2020 TEACH Grant Entrance Counseling.
  3. Be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
  4. Have achieved one of the following:
    • A score above the 75th percentile on any battery from a nationally-normed undergraduate or graduate admissions test (ACT, SAT, etc). This percentile corresponds to all scores achieved during the same test period (placement tests are not considered)*; or,
    • A cumulative (MSU) GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. Transfer and first-time students are ineligible for the TEACH grant during their first semester unless the above test score criteria has been met and scores submitted to MSU.*

      * Current, former or retired teachers need not meet these requirements.
  5. If applying as an undergraduate, must not have a prior bachelor’s degree.
  6. If applying as an undergraduate, must be admitted to either the College of Education or the College of Education's Teacher Education program.
  7. Be enrolled and degree-seeking in a TEACH Grant-eligible program. An eligible program is one that prepares the student to teach in a high-needs field. If enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, the student must also be enrolled in coursework necessary to complete a teacher certification in a high-needs field.

Steps for receiving the TEACH Grant

  1. Complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  2. Thoroughly review the grant application as well as the preliminary eligibility criteria listed below.
  3. Complete Entrance Counseling online. This must be done every year a student wishes to receive the grant.
  4. Submit the two-page application for the grant, complete with your academic advisor’s signature, to the Office of Student Financial Aid. Applications must be submitted annually, and students may submit an application as early as July 1st for the upcoming academic year. The last day to submit an application is two weeks prior to your final day of enrollment for the academic year.
  5. If eligibility is confirmed, accept your grant offer through your My Missouri State. Students will receive email instructions if approved.
  6. Once you have accepted your offer and completed entrance counseling you must sign your Agreement To Serve (ATS) online. Your ATS will not be ready to sign until the first week of fall classes. You receive email when it is available.
  7. Shortly after your ATS is signed your grant will be disbursed to your university account. You will be notified of the amount disbursed and your right to cancel the grant.

2019-2020 High-needs fields

Your major must prepare you to teach in a high-needs field, and the subject you teach must be on the nationwide list for the state you're teaching in during your first year of service. Because the nationwide list changes annually, please verify that your subject is listed that year before you begin teaching.

High-needs fields listed by the Department of Education

  • Bilingual Education and English Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Specialist
  • Science
  • Special Education

U.S Department of Education: Teacher Shortage Areas

List of high-needs fields nationally for 2019-2020

List of high-needs fields in Missouri for 2019-2020