Financial Aid

TEACH Grant Program

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

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is participating in the U.S. Department of Education’s TEACH Grant Program, which is being implemented for the first time for the 2008-2009 academic year.

The TEACH Grant is awarded to a student who is completing, or who intends to complete, coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching and who agrees to serve for at least four years as a full-time, highly qualified teacher in a high-need subject area at a low-income school. Please refer to the TEACH Fact Sheet (pdf) for more information.


IMPORTANT: If the student does not complete the required four years of teaching within eight years after completing the course of study for which the TEACH Grant was received, or otherwise does not meet the eligibility requirements of the Teach Grant Program, the full amount of the TEACH Grant that the student received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that the student must repay to the U.S. Department of Education with interest accrued from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Complete a FAFSA, although you do not have to demonstrate financial need to be eligible
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and maintain that GPA throughout your academic program
  • Be enrolled in coursework or plan to complete coursework toward a career in teaching and/or in a high-need subject
  • Complete Teach Grant Counseling and sign a Teach Grant Agreement to Service each year  
Teach Grant-Eligible Programs at UMASS LOWELL

Graduate Master of Education Licensure Programs:

  • Middle/Secondary Biology
  • Middle/Secondary Chemistry
  • Middle/Secondary Earth Science
  • Middle/Secondary Physics
  • Middle/Secondary Mathematics
  • Middle School General Science
Grant amount
  • $4000 per year for graduate students for two years
How to Apply
  • Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  • Complete TEACH Grant counseling and sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Service (pdf) each year.

For more information please contact Christine Robbins in the Financial Aid office at 978-934-4230 or Vera Ossen in the Graduate School of Education at 978-934-4604.


Important:If you do not meet the eligibility requirements of the Teach Grant Program, the full amount of the TEACH Grant that you received will be converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan that you must repay to the U.S. Department of Education with interest accrued from the date of each TEACH Grant disbursement.

Once the grant becomes a loan, it can never change back to a grant again.


Exit Counseling

Federal regulations require that students who have received a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH Grant) complete an exit counseling session upon withdrawing or graduating from their program of study. 

The TEACH Grant Exit Counseling session provides information about the terms and conditions of a TEACH Grant service agreement, as well as the rights and responsibilities that apply if your TEACH Grant is converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan.