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TEACH Grant Program

The University of Massachusetts Lowell participates in the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant program.

The TEACH Grant is a federal grant that provides up to $4,000 per year to students who agree to teach for four years at an elementary or secondary school, or an educational service agency that serves students from low-income families. Other requirements must also be met. If the service obligation is not met, the grant is converted to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan.

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:

  • Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • M.Ed. Reading and Language Leading to Reading Specialist

Undergraduate Teaching Minor in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math):

  • Middle/Secondary Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
  • Middle/Secondary Mathematics
  • Middle/Secondary Engineering/ Technology 5-12
Bachelor of Arts in Education:
  • Elementary and Moderate Disabilities

Grant Amount

  • Up to $4000 per year for graduate and undergraduate students
  • Amounts are pro-rated based on enrollment (see TEACH Grant application (pdf) for details)

How to Apply

  • Complete and submit the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year
  • Complete and Submit the TEACH Grant Application (pdf) each year

For more information please contact Christine Robbins in the Financial Aid office at 978-934-4230 or Charmaine Branchaud in The UMass Lowell College of Education at 978-934-4658.

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.

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.